Friday, 30 May 2014

Braun - Silk-épil 7 Wet & Dry SkinSpa Premium Edition

I was lucky enough to receive the new Braun Silk-épil 7 Wet & Dry SkinSpa Premium Edition for testing, and today I want to let you know about my experience so far.

First of all let's see what's included in this opulent beauty kit:

I've used several epilators in my life, also the previous Silk-épil versions, and what's innovative about this one is that it combines exfoliation to epilation. With its 3000 vibrations per minute the high density brush included exfoliates your body sweeping away dead skin cells and stimulating the regeneration of skin surface. I've always thought that exfoliating the skin is the first step to a perfect epilation, especially if you suffer from ingrown hair, and I'm glad that somebody like Braun finally understood it. This has immediate and future benefits: the actual ingrown hair can be removed easily, and month after month you'll have less and less. 

Other importan feature of the Silk-épil 7 Wet & Dry is Braun's Close-Grip technology, with its 40 tweezers that "removes hair even as short as a grain of sand (0.5 mm)". I've tested this fact myself, trying to epilate the very short hair on my legs. I can really tell you that it worked perfectly even on the shorter ones, the best way to use it is a slow movement, this way all hair will be removed at once. The pivoting-head, that can pivot by up to 15 degrees forward and back, adapts to your body contours.

Using the new Silk-épil 7 Wet & Dry I've also noticed that I kinda felt less pain. Yes you're righ, less pain! It sounds incredible but so it is. But if you will ever have the chance to try this epilator, and you've also tried others in the past, you will surely notice it. In fact the high frequency massage system stimulates the skin and effectively soothes the plucking sensation during epilation to maximize your skin comfort. This feature makes it a perfect epilator also for the most sensitive areas, such as bikini, armpit and face. 
For these areas specific heads are provided. What I can tell you about the sensitive areas is that I'm always kinda scared when epilating them (I usually use wax), and wasn't very keen on using an epilator to do them... but I did. Ok, I won't tell you it didn't hurt..... it did, but much less compared to wax. Other positive thing, comparing this method to wax, is that the skin looked much less irritated after the epilation. What I would suggest you is to epilate these areas only if you have short hair. If not just shave them and wait a couple of days.

I really think this is a great epilator, with many other smart features, such as the Smartlight that helps easily guide your way through the epilation process and lightens up even the finest hairs.

But what I like the most about the Silk-épil 7 Wet & Dry is that it is wireless and WATERPROOF. The name says it all, you can use it either wet or dry. This means you can epilate under the shower, or in the bath, and the hot water and steam will open your pores for the gentlest epilation.

Last but not least, its look. The handle, so shimmery and elegant, features a 2 speeds button and a battery level indicator. 

The SkinSpa Premium Edition also features the cleansing brush for the face. Thanks to it you can clean pore deep your face very quickly, removing make-up and impurities. The 60'000 micro-touches per second gently exfoliate and visibly refine skin complexion. It features 2 speeds and can be used in bath or shower, too. 

I really like this product and I would definitely recommend it especially because:

  • it removes even the shortest hair
  • you can exfoliate and epilate with the same device
  • the epilation is effectively less painful
  • you can use it dry or in the bath
  • it's wireless, so you can charge it, take it on holydays and forget the charger at home ;)

Braun Silk-épil 7 Wet & Dry SkinSpa Premium is available since April 2014 in all shops that sell Braun products and costs CHF 239.- (suggested retail price)

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Schwarzkopf - Essence Ultime Omega Repair *** GIVEAWAY ***

Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime is the first hair care brand exclusively developed with beauty icon Claudia Schiffer. The range combines her beauty insights from catwalk shows and fashion shoots, with the hair expertise of Schwarzkopf for strong, shiny, truly precious hair.

OMEGA REPAIR – was especially developed for damaged, depleted hair. Its divine, extra rich formula rebuilds damaged hair in the cells and prevents split ends up to 90 % for revived natural hair beauty and healthy shine.

I've been testing these 3 products and I find them great!!

Omega Repair Shampoo

Divine hair rebuild & deep repair
Split end prevention
With lavishly rich omega oil

Omega Repair Conditioner

Divine hair rebuild & split end prevention
Express detangling, repair effect
With lavishly rich omega oil

Crystal Shine Finishing Oil

Glamour boosted shine

*** GIVEAWAY ***

As I've told you I've been testing these 3 great products, and I find them sooo good that I want to give you the chance to win them! It's very simple to join the giveaway, follow these easy steps:

  1. Follow the blog (on Bloglovin, Google+, email, etc.)
  2. Follow me on Instagram "mintandbeauty"
  3. Share the giveaway picture that you'll find on my Instagram page with the hashtag #mintandbeautygiveaway
The lucky winner of this amazing kit will be announced on Instagram (under the giveaway picture) on Sunday the 8th of June 2014.


LUSH Summer Collection 2014

Lush Summer Collection 2014 will be available in Switzerland from the 30 of May. Here's an exclusive preview of what you'll find on the shelves ;)


his ginger, pepper and lemon-scented bath bomb turns your water psychedelic and puts some colour in your life. Simply drop into a warm bath and watch as its fizzing centre dissolves into multi-coloured waters. Its spicy, citrusy scent will pep you up: lemon oil boosts the mood, while ginger and pepper are warming.

ZEST Styling Jelly

An orangey hair jelly to give your hair great hold without grease. Zest gives your mood a lift as well as your hair: sweet wild orange oil, pettigrain oil, and neroli oil give this a bright scent.
To use, tip the wobbly lot into your hands and juggle it between your hands to lightly coat them. Pop the jelly back in the pot and smooth your palms over your hair to create your desired style.

 AFRICAN PARADISE Body Conditioner

Take a trip to paradise with this light body conditioner full of softening and scented ingredients from Africa. The sweet, spicy and floral-scented cream is packed with fresh mango juice to brighten the skin, nourishing almond and moringa oils, softening shea butter, and aloe vera to cool and soothe. Smooth over the body in the shower and rinse off to leave your skin perfectly hydrated. 

D'FLUFF Shaving Cream

fresh strawberries and cocoa butter to create a gorgeous bit of fluff that leaves you silky smooth. This marshmallowy treat contains coconut oil, golden syrup, and egg whites to create a light texture that makes de-fluffing a dream.
Use on the legs, face, or as a body wash: simply smooth over the skin and shave, rinsing the blade often.


A herbal soap with parsley, thyme, tea tree oil, aloe gel and fine oatmeal for gentle exfoliation. This antibacterial soap is the perfect Sunday afternoon combination of fresh parsley and thyme, with a tea tree infusion, cooling aloe vera gel and a fine oatmeal that leaves you feeling gently exfoliated and ready for a snooze on the sofa.


Feel totally tropical with this fabulously fruity hand and body soap. Packed full of skin cleansing dried mango, zingy Sicilian lemon oil, mandarin oil and serotonin increasing neroli - you’ll be ready for a Week-End In Havana in no time.

Yankee Candle: New Collection Summer 2014

I'm looking forward to this Summer, but since the sun is struggling to shine... I've decided to create my summer corner at home ;)

Let's take a look at the new gorgeous Yankee Candles for this Summer 2014

Black Plum Blossom
The deliciously enticing nectar of beautiful black plum blossoms with hints of white musk and vanilla.

Orange Splash
Like a burst of golden sunshine... the bright, sparkling aroma aroma of juicy, just-picked oranges.

Sweet Apple
The sugary sweet crispness of a perfectly ripe apple fresh from the orchard.

I'm gonna buy them all, what about you??

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Avène - Couvrance High tolerance Mascara

I've been reviewing several mascaras so far, but I've never reviewed one for sensitive eyes.

Therefore if sensitive eyes are your problem, or if you wear contact lenses, this is a product that might work very well for you.

I generally wouldn't describe my eyes as "sensitives" but because I suffer from hayfever I must admit that this time of the year is very critical for my nose AND for my eyes as well. This is the reason why I've been using this mascara quite often during the past weeks.

Couvrance Mascara intensifies, separates and reshapes the lashes, even the smallest ones. It comes in 2 shades: black and brown. 

What I like about this mascara is its natural look, the lashes appear longer and curved in a very natural way. I think it's perfect for your daily make up routine, but for a more dramatic look simply add more layers and you will notice the difference.

Other important about this mascara is that can be easily and gently removed, without stressing and irritating your eyes.


Review: Dr. Hauschka - Chorus Limited Edition makeup

I've received this make up collection already a while ago, and the other day I've decided to make a photo tutorial of a very super easy make up, using these products.

But before I show you my masterpiece :D let's go quickly through the Chorus collection by Dr. Hauschka.

The new spring/summer collection features six new products: a blush trio, two eyeshadow duos, one kajal eyeliner, one lipgloss and one lipstick.

As always at Dr. Hauschka the inspiration for the new shades was nature's color palette, therefore don't expect shoking pinks or electric blues. But at the same time you will be able to combine these natural shades according to your personality and internal melody.

At the heart of the new line is the Matte & Shimmer Blush Trio, which is a combination of berry, pink and sand colors. I personally liked this blush a lot, and noticed that mixing the 3 colors gave me the better result: cheeks kissed with the fershness of a spring morning.

The two Eyeshadows Duos are green and violet, and pink and blue. Made with real silk, the colors are very brillian. The duos coordinate optimally when applied in combination.

To complete the eye look you can use the taupe shade of the new Kajal Eyeliner 08, which features an integrated applicator for easy blending.

The Lip Gloss 07 golden apricot and Lipstick 18 golden apricot shimmer are the cherry on the cake for a super natural look. p.s it smells AMAZING!

As usual at Dr. Hauschka all ingredients are 100% natural and free from parabens, mineral oil and silicone.

And now let's go to the tutorial:

I've choosen the pink and blue (09) duo...

and I've started by applying the lightest shade to the eyelid.


Using a pencil brush I've defined the crease applying the darkest shade.

Blend the line with a blending brush

Apply the taupe Kajal Eyeliner 08 to the upper lash line and blend it.

On the lips I've used the Lipstick and the lip gloss 

Last step the wonderful Matt & Shimmer Blush Trio...

And this is the final result

Hope you enjoyed my super quick and easy tutorial! 

Love xx

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

L'Occitane en Provence - Frisson de Verveine

The new limited edition for this summer is Frisson de Verveine, that with its aromatic and fresh Citrus notes smells like fresh water, just the perfect fragrance for the hot summer ahead of us.
The combination of citruses and verbena, enriched with fragrant herbs contributes to refreshment and cooling during warm summer days and provides relaxing and calming aromas of green notes and medical plants affecting body and mind.
The latest limited edition arriving on the market in July 2014 will provide a refreshing blend of citruses, bergamot, lemon verbena and cucumber, resting on precious wood and musk.

Fragrance Frisson de Verveine is available as Eau de Toilette, body gel, hand and foot cream, shower gel, bath salt and body mist.

Eau de Toilette 100 ml


Shower Gel

Bath Salts

Hand Cream

Body Mist

La Roche-Posay - Effaclar Duo +

If you suffer from acne you know La Roche-Posay Effaclare Duo for sure. If not GO, fly like the wind and grab one!

This product is for teen, adults, anyone who has acne.

I've been suffering from acne since I was a teenager and now, I must say, things seem finally getting better.

I've tried many acne treatments but Effaclar Duo is the only one that really gave me a great result. Depending on the issue, you can apply it locally or all over your face. You might need to add an extra moisturizer over the top, but it depends on your skin type. I've a combination skin and I've never needed it. I love it because it's a fresh-gel cream, with mattifying effect, so it is also perfect during the summer. I've been using it every morning after cleansing my skin. But if your acne situation is very bad you can use it also in the evening.

Just after 24 hours the imperfections look visibly less red, and after a week they are significantly reduced.

On a long term basis pores look unclogged and skin texture looks refined.

Effaclar Duo can also be used as soon as you feel that your skin is near to break out, as a precaution, and I can really tell you that it helps a lot.

I really love this product because is both a precaution and a trouble-shooter.

The new version I'm reviewing today is the improved formula called Effaclar Duo+. It's actually the same amazing product enriched with Procerad, a ceramide that protects against the appearence of red or brown marks. You will be able to get rid of those awful spots or scars faster, without waiting months!

You can either decide to apply it locally or all over your face, depending on the affected area. Of course for better results you will have to use it on a daily basis. Once you get rid of all imperfections you can still use this amazing cream as a "life-saver", on local imperfections that might appear monthly. 

So this is probably going to be one of the best treatments EVER invented, don't you think??

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Clarins - Spray Huile Embellissante Corps & Cheveux SPF 30

I SO love smart products, and the one I'm reviewing today definitely is!

For this summer Clarins has launched the Spray Huile Embellissante Corps & Cheveux SPF 30 which I've been testing recently. 

This product, formulated with organic Indonesian Nyamplung Oil, protects skin and hair from the drying effects of sun, salt water and chlorine. Senna extract defends from UV damage, while Plane Tree extract fights free radicals. Aloe Vera soothes and softens. 

This is going to be your best friend this summer, trust me! Only one product to protect skin and hair. How amazing is that??

It is a dry oil, so it is very easy and comfortable to apply, your skin will immediately feel very smooth and, last but not least, it smells VERY GOOD! 

But let's see all key points of this great product:

  • Protects body and hair with SPF 30 sun filters and extracts of Gold Cob, Sycamore and Aloe Vera 
  • Nourishes and beautifies skin and hair with organic Indonesian Nyamplung Oil    
  • Enhances a tan and leaves the skin satin-smooth 
  • Water- and sweat-resistant 
  • Dry oil; no greasy after feel 
  • Dermatologist-tested. Water-resistant      

Spray Huile Embellissante Corps & Cheveux
Spray Huile Embellissante Corps & Cheveux

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