Since I know myself I adored luxury travel and 5 star hotels. Even as a child I loved to dress up and go for a dinner with live music while on holidays with my parents at the sea. I remember how I went alone to the dance floor, about 4 years old, and was dancing with joy in my new dress.I think then started my ever lasting love for this lifestyle…
Many people think is a hint of snobism in it…Is it? I think it is more a blueprint of the lifestyle you have in your brain or you wish to live. My travels and experiences are about me and I just wish to have started in that moment when I started my travel journey and before I reached the 50. country. But I started writing now and it is alright.
So what does this luxury feeling mean to me? First it is about the care: while in a 5 star hotel I feel at home as I feel taken care of. I sleep better and eat better. Always.
Then is about the details: everything is going how it should: perfect! Well, most of the times…I love every little detail and attention about a 5 star service. Private buttler, non-stop room service, pillow menu… An espresso prepared to perfection, hot and with organic milk and honey aside and sometimes a good champagne or premium prosecco to start with and a beautiful wine to accompany my meals.
I have very high expectations for 2017: travelling fullfills me, makes me dreaming and gives me the feeling that everything is possible.
5 star feeling is not only in your environment, there is also in your thoughts and heart when you wake up in the morning.That you feel strong and worthy…That all these happens on a designer pillow in a room with a wiew to the ocean? Even better! 😀
You trully can find luxury in Budapest and you can find it like nowhere else. The footprint of the austrian-hungarian monarchy is still there, if you know what you are searching for and where.
My Budapest is world famous for its beautiful coffe shops, fantastic cakes, breathtaking panoramas, UNESCO world heritage buildings and my favourite thermal baths. Budapest is my all time love and and will be while I live.
If you are in a search for a 5 star hotel, Budapest has a few, like Hilton ( one in the castle area and one in Westend shopping center ), Kempinski, Sofitel, Marriott, Intercontinental, The luxurious Four Seasons Gresham Palace or the new Ritz-Carlton right on Deák Square.
My favourite ones are just a few of them : I love Sofitel the most, for its fantastic and comfortable rooms, delicious breakfasts ( hope they still have their tasty salmon in the mornings); Marriott I like for its beautiful Danube panorama and gourmet lunches in the Red Peppers restaurant, Corinthya I adore for its grandious colonial hallway and staircase like in Gone by the Wind film and finally, but not at last, I adore Hilton from the Castle area for its romantic atmosphere and elegant restaurant.
I love brunches and however Shanghai is my favourite city for a somptuous brunch, Budapest still have silent and peaceful brunches to offer and the most visited one by me and my family is the Hilton brunch in the castle, for its unforgetable panorama.
When it comes to coffee shops I spend most of my coffee time in Book Cafe, situated in Alexandra book plaza, Andrássy út and in the famous Gerbaud on Vörösmarty tér.
When you get tired of all culture and eating what Budapest offers, what about having a nice glass of Pezsgõ, the hungarian version for bubbling. Walk fro, Váci street, the main shopping street in Budapest towards the Danube, where you will finf hotel Marriot and in their lobby you can have a rest with their desert buffet: summertime with Sparkling wine, wintertime with a grog and enjoy your day. Every time I am in Budapest I visit them and spend some good hours there, listening to the piano and savurating the Danube panorama.
As I like to combine my travels with my search for beauty tips and treatments, I always go to a good massage, spa and search for local natural or organic beauty products.
Several years I have been visiting Szécsenyi bath and Lukács, but lately these two are two crowded for me and I was in a search for a new hidden gem and I found Király Gyógyfürdō, which is he oldest bath in Budapest.
While I was relaxing in this beautiful city during the years, I was always using my organic skincare products brought over from UK or bought from US, this time I found a fantastic little, new natural manufacture- called PHi- visited them to see how they create their lotions and potions and test their products.
I was trully impressed . I dedicated a whole post to some of their products, I loved them so much.
As on all my travels I make my research for hidden skincare gems, this time I did the same and I found some really good products from little hungarian companies, like Jármy Manufacture, which makes trully charming and high quality goat milk soaps or Schüssler Cosmetics*, which uses the benefit of the famous Schüssler salts and they ship abroad as well.I love the texture of their premium creams: sinks in easily and moiturises so much my sensitiv skin.They have a brand new, fresh English website as well if you fancy having a look.Find them here: http://schusslercosmetics.com/
For me the biggest suprise were two new natural skincare brands from Hungary: Phi Kozmetikum* and Magister Products*.
This eye treatment (Pazar Cafe Ébresztõ Szemkörnyékápoló)* from Phi was my favourite, itself has a lightweight formula, which allows an easy application and it is perfect for my dehydrated- aging eye skin area, which is always puffy and ideal also for daily use.
It doesn’t feel oily or sticky on my skin and I don’t have any burning sensation or allergic reaction by using this cream. It smells of course coffee, which is divine in the mornings.
Magister products are PPG, PEG, paraben and SLS free and they are created by a fenomenal young lady farmacist with love and without artificial coloring or perfume.I have tried few products from them and they are very efficient and high quality. Soon this brand will come out with some premium lotions and potions, which you will find on their webpage here:
I was invited to London to attend the Millionaire Mind Intensive seminar last weekend. I prepared myself for this trip, as I knew that will be fantastic, but never would had imagined that literally will change my life for good.
The seminar itself was kept in a fancy area of London: not too busy, perfect for my stay. We were kindly asked not to share inner informations from the seminar, but if you heard about T. Harv Eker and his hit #1 Best Seller on the NY Times Secrets of the Millionaire Mind, you know what I am talking about.
T.Harv Eker is an author, businessman and motivational speaker, known for his theories on wealth and motivation and his intensive seminar in London was about mastering the inner game of wealth.
Before I attended this marvellous seminar I visited the luxurious natural british brand Aurelia Probiotic Skincare‘s pop-up boutique on Piccadilly street and pampered myself with their new products and botanical essences.
Aurelia came out with two fenomenal botanical mists:
-calming botanical essence: linden blossom, chamomille, camelia, lavender- literally I felt in south of France, in a 5 star hotel inhaling this…
-brightening botanical essence: gerenium, cedarwood,fennel and magnolia
The mists you can spray on your skin, wherever you want to put, you can use them as a perfume as well. You can creat a mist and just savurate a welbeing session.I have to confess that these mists are the most wonderful and round scents I have ever tried.
All this zen and welbeing and mind lightening seminar I had to rest it somewhere, am I right? Yes and I found the perfect place for it, where I had just me and my Love a whole big appartment to share with each other and our thoughts…hehehe
While on holiday or an a business trip and looking for a hotel or a holiday rental, first you enter in connection with reception or customer service, management company. This is the same important to me like the room or rental itself.
City Relay managed my booking in London during my last business trip and I found the communication with them easy, on the topic and they were very polite all the time. Answers to my e-mails were prompt and fast. All the information needed was provided in time, so was ultra easy to find the apartment and check-in.
When I enter in a holiday rental or in a house, the first thing I feel is the energy of the space: if I feel good, comfortable, like at home or the first impression is the opposite.
In FG Property London Victorian Ongar Road House I felt fantastic from the very first moment I entered. I loved the fluffy, white towels, felt so soft on my skin after shower.The whole apartment is very welcoming, warm and super clean.
This charming, typical London flat is located a few minutes’ walk from Earls Court tube Station and nearby you have restaurants and bars, food shops, bakeries, caterers, everything you are used to at home.
The apartment had 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, the first one is an ensuite one with a tube, the second one with a big, spacious shower. There are complimentary toiletries, which really gives you the hotel feeling.
The kitchen comes in opened plan style with a dinig and resting area, having a dining table and a comfy sofa, where you can rest after your meals or watch TV. The kitchen appliances are very high quality and we had a very silent dish washer as well, which personally for me is very important as I am not very good in doing the dishes.
I liked that the kitchen is equipped with available appliances (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, kettle and dishes) and near the kitchen you have a washing machine as well.
The flat also benefits from access to a private terrace, it is such a nice feeling to have dinner outside with a nice bottle of wine and chatting about the day and experiences you had in London.
Well, guess what? I would love to be a guest next time here for a longer term.Yes, I really felt a Londoner in this flat and all in all we had a marvellous stay.
Thank you FG Properties London.
I always take with me to a short journey my favourite products. However I always visit natural skincare brands on my destination, I have some of my own with me.
What do I take this time?
First of all I take my Curaprox toothbrush and I use it with Green People UK 100% natural Minty Cool toothpaste.The toothpaste is not a foamy one, but does its job perfectly.
Then I take my Dr.Bronner’s lavander mini soap: I just really need to use few drops, as it is very consistent and makes a nice foam without stripping my skin.
Inika natural liquid foundation is my all time favourite, I have it in the shade of Honey and Cream and I have also in miniature version, which you can buy on their site for 1 GBP.
Antipodes is a fantastic natural skincare brand from New Zeeland, I have been using many of their products, this time I take with me their manuka honey face mask, which has a very good effects on my oily skin, but I cannot say it is my favourite product from them.
What else? Many else…hehehe…but I need to mention Zoya, which has simply fabulous shades and stays on my nails for a really long time.
I have a really long list of things taking with me, ask me if you are curious or not sure of any of them.
Did you know that Gotu Kola is used in skincare products to treat wounds and research shows that gotu kola alleviates iching and redness and as such is very helpful treating psoriasis ? Scientists experimenting with applying gotu kola to prevent scars and preventing or reducing stretch marks.
Gotu kola was used for thousands of years in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Is considered a skin healer, rich in triterpenoids, these organic compounds have been shown in studies to have an antioxidant boosting property, stimulate new cell grow and also increase blood circulation on certain areas. Some experts say gotu cola might be the new hit in the big run of preventing skin aging.
It is listed among the” miracle elixirs of life”, the Indian Journal of Medicine calls gotu kola a “potential herbal cure – all”.
Scientifically this herb is known as Centella Asiatica. It has anti bacterial, anti viral and anti inflamattory properties. Therefore was used during centuries to treat skin burns or dermatitis.
Also was considered to act on skin as a toner, tightening it if applied topically.As this herb can promote the collagen production in the skin, it helps in improving the condition of the skin, wrinkles or fine lines.
Gotu kola has been shown to enhance production of mucin and hyaluronic acid,increase the strenght of the dermis and help healing the epidermis if wounded.
As a wonderplant, several studies showed, this member of the parsley family is well- known scar remedy. If applies to wounds and even acne eruption can reduce scaring.
As I mentioned before, it helps to increase blood flow to wounds and improve skin elasticity.
Coffee eye cream from Phi Kozmetikum(Pazar Cafe Ébresztõ Szemkörnyékápoló)*
PHI Kozmetikum is a new brand for me, have never tried any skincare products from them, so I was very curious to test them out.I am reviewing their anti-aging eye cream and moisturiser with coffee.
I have been using only organic, natural, or certified organic-natural products for a while now, so first thing what I did was to check the ingredients for this eye cream and just after that I decided to give it a go. I like that the company shares with us the INCI, the full ingredient list.
This eye treatment (Pazar Cafe Ébresztõ Szemkörnyékápoló)* itself has a lightweight formula, which allows an easy application and it is perfect for my dehydrated- aging eye skin area, which is always puffy and ideal also for daily use.
It doesn’t feel oily or sticky on my skin and I don’t have any burning sensation or allergic reaction by using this cream. It smells of course coffee, which is divine in the mornings.
Contains coffee arabica seed oil and a powerful blend of antioxidants such as grape seed oil, shea butter, rice bran oil, vittamin C and shea butter, which together with the acmella flower exctract provides superior hydration for soft and youthful-looking skin. Acmella Oleracea extract is considered a natural alternative to Botox.
The cream itself comes in pump bottle, me personally prefer creams in an airtight pump dispenser or at least in a pump dispenser, which allows to pump just the right amount I need, without contact with the cream itself. I would like more and more beauty companies to use pump bottles for increased hygiene.
Nice consistency, as it is a natural cream you have to put just a tiny amount, otherwise it will be oily and heavy. It absorbs really well into skin. I use this cream as a morning and evening treatment and it is perfect under make- up as well. It softens the appearance of wrinkles and gives my eyes a healthy, fresh look.
This eye treatment definitely improved my cow bags and performed impressively on my fine lines and wrinkles, which cause me so many problems. I have tried hundreds of eye-creams during the years and only two of them impressed me: Madara eye cream and this one from Phi Kozmetikum. Maybe there is a well-kept secret in this part of the world they make so good quality eye ceams.
Looking forward to use this for years, to see the final results.
Even if you use natural products without irritants, I still always recommend that to Patch Test products before you introduce them into your daily beauty regime.
Patch Testing ensures your new product suits your sensitive skin, and means that were you to develop a reaction you would be able to pinpoint it to one product in particular.
To patch test a product, apply a small amount to the inner arm and leave for 24hrs, observing for any reactions.
If none occur, repeat this process on the neck, applying a small amount and leaving for 24hrs, again observing for any reactions.
If the area of skin looks healthy and feels great then you’re good to go!
Phi Kozmetikum luxurious coffee face moisturizer ( Pazar Creamcafe Arcápoló)*
This is a very good quality, very light everyday face moisturiser for my ultra dry skin, pampering my thirsty skin perfectly.
The very first thing I liked in this lotion was the texture is easy to work with on my daily skincare routine. It is not greasy and not thick either and absorbs nicely and leaves my skin feeling soft quickly after application.
Phi Kozmetikum luxurious coffee face moisturizer ( Pazar Creamcafe Arcápoló) comes in a small glass jar of 30 ml, it is very easy to pop into your handbag and take it with you.
The main ingredients are: coffee seed exctract, oryza sativa bran oil, macadamia seed oil and shea butter, making the product to be trully nourishing and moisturising.
It is not easy to find a good, hydrating face cream on the natural skincare market, but I am very satisfied with this one.I have thirsty oily skin on my face and this coffee lotion not only moisturises my skin perfectly but also leaves it with a radiant glow.
Phi Kozmetikum products are made of 100% natural ingredients, they are cruelty free, made in Hungary, Europe and they don’t contain PEG, SLS, synthetic perfumes or colours. It is wonderful that they are GMO and paraben free as well.
You can find their products at the end of my review, unfortunately their website is only in hungarian, but knowing their fantastic customer service, I m very optimistic you will be able to order in English soon.
GRIn Greece this time I enjoyed only the nature: beautiful beaches, the Olympus mountain and breathtaking sunsets…😍 Maybe if I could had used my bankcard more, as in many places was not possible to pay only in cash and if I would had seen more smiling faces, I would want to go back as soon as I can…
Konjac sponges come in different shapes, colours and they are usually packed in a lovely eco-looking box, making them an ideal gift to anybody who have oily skin, acne, sensitive skin or simply just want to experience a different cleansing with a Konjac sponge. They can be used as face skin or body sponges with or without washing gel.
I have been using Konjac sponges for many years now, I have tried all the colours and types and for face I am using three different types, depending on my skin’s condition at a moment.
Being familiar with Konjacs for years, as I consider fun and also soap saving as You just need to put a little from your washing gel, I found these sponges easy to use and as a good alternative to normal sponges.The only downside is that You have to change regularly and how long it lasts depends on how gentle You care about and also the quality as there are many different qualities out there. I have been using a different brand before but I like this one and I am totally hooked.
Small companies are also close to my heart, I always imagine a life behind the name and how hard they work to enter and stay on this crowded market…Good feeling to support them.
Konjac Sponges are made from Konjac potatoes, cultivated for food in Japan & Korea. This 100% natural vegetable fibre is by nature alkaline and balances the acidity of the skins impurities and oils leaving the skin clean and refreshed naturally.
If You follow a natural or organic lifestyle is perfect for cleansing your face as they are:
– 100% Natural Sponge
– 100% Biodegradable
– Environmentally Safe
– Naturally Moisturising.
Before use, rinse the Konjac sponge in warm water.
Gently massage the face in circular motion all over, to exfoliate dead skin cells, and deeply cleanse. The massaging will stimulate tired skin & encourage skin renewal. Soap or cleansing gels can be added to the sponge if desired, but is not necessary.I personally use washing licquid with my sponge in the morning.
I have been doing oil cleansing for a while now and my oily- acne prone- dehydrated-aging skin likes it. At the beginning sounded strange to me to put oil on my oily face, but oil attracts oil and cosmetic industry develops and get updated to new researches like this.
The best way to clean my face in the evening, even when I do not wear make-up, is to clean with an oil cleanser, balm.It melts away make-up, dirt, impurities, the daily grime without stripping the skin of its natural oils.
After oil cleansing I just spray a vitamin C toner on my skin and put my serum and hit the bed. My skin is nourished and smooth and can breathe perfectly at night.
Lyonsleaf’s 100 % natural beauty balm&moisturiser comes in a glass jar of around 55 ml and has an uplifting effect on me when I inhalate the oils, while moving it away with a wet, 100 % cotton cloth. This is why oil cleansing is called “hot cloth cleansing” as well.
The best thing I could have done with my skin is to moove to oil cleansing, as soaps amd even creams dried out my sensitive skin and my skin became much more worse and oilier as soaps and washing gels stripped my skin from its protective layers and my face was freeken out badly.
If you are new at oil or hot cloth cleansing, I recommend to start the procedure when you have make-up and when finished moving it away, just wash your face with pure, cold water and spray a good quality toner and just go to bed like that. You will like the change on your skin in the morning.
I love this balm as it is free from harmful, artificial chemicals. This product is made from 100% natural plant oils. The absence of water means it does not require emulsifiers or harsh anti-microbial preservatives (parabens, phenoxyethanol, formaldehyde and others.I like to use it as a moisturiser as well as my skin is dehydrated and always thirsty and this balm just makes my skin look healthy and hydrated.
You can find it here alone or in a hot cloth complete cleansing set: