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Body and Hair Routine: Oils Tested

I’ve Still Remained Faithful To Vegetable Oils This Spring!

I like (organic) vegetable oils: easy to use, effective and multi tasks on dry skin and very dry hair. My “must have” for almost a year is the organic olive oil I add to all my beauty products: moisturizing creams, nourishing balms and of course other oils.

Here are my latest favorites, two oils and a biphasic treatment that I currently use:

1. The Delicate Dry Oil Prodigieuse of  Nuxe

Very complete, this dry oil contains seven vegetable oils of natural origin (mineral oil free and silicone free): Tsubaki oil (Japanese camellia, antioxidant), sweet almond (softening), camellia (moisturizing), bourrache (anti-wrinkle), nutty (soothing), macadamia (nourishing) and argan (restorative). I apply it essentially on the body and on hair as a finish touch, to give them shine and an irresistible perfume (with orange blossom, magnolia and vanilla). As always with Nuxe products, the texture and the scent are a real pleasure!

2. The Aurora Botanica Essence d’éclat Hair Oil Mist of Kérastase 

It is not exactly an oil, but a two-phase care for the hair, based on Somoa islands coconut oil (let’s travel!), Argan oil and Damascus rose water. Just like the Dry Oil Prodigieuse of Nuxe, the Aurora Botanica Essence d’éclat Hair Oil Mist includes 98% of ingredients of natural origin (silicone free, sulphate free and paraben free). I use this oil mist as a moisturizer on my curly hair, to soften and avoid breakage. Then I add a little shea butter (to seal the hydration) before styling.

3. The powerful organic Castor Oil of Physalis

Originally from Africa, this plant has soothing and moisturizing virtues on the skin and the hair. Castor oil is known to activate hair growth. I admit the very viscous texture may be unattractive, but the effects are great! I mix the Physalis castor oil  with organic olive oil and sometimes with also shea butter for the before / after shampoo that I leave all night before rinsing.

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.


London: For a Bento In Chinatown, Stop By Misato Restaurant

Photo : Mademoiselle Le K – copyright 2013, tous droits réservés.  

If you have a quick stay in London and look for a bento in Chinatown, stop by Misato restaurant! During my last express back and forth to London, after a frustrating exhausting day (my schedule completely messed up), I enjoyed a maxi cocktail manicure (top!). Then full of energy I went to dinner in Chinatown with a friend from Malaga, now londoner for almost 5 years (which has a blog too). The meeting was at Misato, a Japanese small canteen that’s existed for over 10 years and I’ve never heard of. Perfect cause I have a huge need for NEW! The place is quiet, absolutely not decorated which is good, I’m a bit sick of the design wave everywhere…! I need to relaxe. I really enjoy this kind of laid back places really simple that only a few locals (far far away from the fashion circus, lol!) attend. It’s also cheap : less than 10 euros for the bento on the picture above. I think Misato is the third Japanese restaurant in Chinatown I test after Wagamama and Osatsuma. Usually when I want to eat Japanese at affordable prices in London, I go directly to Wagamama (as a habit, not very original after so many years, it is a chain of restaurants, as Otsasuma). Well let’s say Misato is a nice discovery: the bento I chose consists of salmon sashimi, few maki, shrimp, (fresh) salad and rice. The food is basic but tasty with hearty portions and friendly atmosphere. It feels good. I defenitely recommend it for a cool break with good friends. Warning, the restaurant closes quite early for me: around 11 p.m.  

Misato: 11 Wardour Street, Soho, W1D 6 UK. Tel: +44 (020) 7734 0808.

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