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Our Second Roadtrip in Andalusia, Spain: Marbella

  

A late afternoon in Marbella

  

Olá Marbella!

After a first roadtrip in Andalusia few weeks ago, here we are again! The itinerary between sea and mountain is differen. We arrive at 4 p.m. from Mijas, a very pretty (and very touristy) village in the mountains. Olá Marbella! First surprise: the city is much bigger than I thought.

We park on the beach side of Marbella, at Playa del Faro, where we start our discovery of the city. The long walk stretches along a huge beach (first photo of the article). Many 70s-80s buildings, some cafes and restaurants. The whole remains really pleasant despite a lack of architectural harmony. 

As night quickly falls, we prefer heading towards the very charming old town with its small streets and squares, mandarin trees and old stones. Second surprise, everywhere people are friendly. I like to walk without a goal. At a random street, we have a drink in a lovely small hotel.

    

A Short Stop in Puerto Banús

Before Marbella city,

we made a stop in Puerto Banús, the marina of Marbella. To be honest, I was not impressed. The buildings housing luxury shops and restaurants are outdated and deserve a facelift.

Of course, there are yachts … But I saw some more impressive ones in the beautiful small port of Bonifaccio (Corsica). My advice, go directly to Marbella, much more nicer! 

     

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France: Wellness & Yoga Week-end in La Clusaz

  

Day 1

The Yoga

I had the pleasure of rediscovering the mountain in the summer, during the Satiam Yoga Festival in La Clusaz, in the French Alps. An epic arrival after a day between two flights, two airports! In the morning, I flew back to Belgium (first trip), then changed airport that turned into an odyssey via the train (lol). Followed by a big thunderstorm over the airport of Geneva that has us (a journalist friend and I) held an hour and a half in the air … Then transfer by car to La Clusaz. 

So the next morning at 8 AM, sitting on my yoga mat, I can’t wait to benefit from the first yoga and meditation “Master Class” with Robin Golt marking the opening of the festival. In the background, the mountains! Very good meditation session followed by workshops and activities around Yoga and well-being. In the photo above: SUP yoga (or Stand-up paddle yoga) at Lac de La Ferriaz, in a beautiful setting!

  

Sushi Time

Lunch break at Sushi Fumi: cool little restaurant with a slightly surfer atmosphere. Very nice sushi dishes with traditional sushi and others reinterpreted by the two cooks and patrons, with local ingredients and more Western flavors (photos above and left).

We ate so much sushi that we had trouble getting off the restaurant, where you can also have a drink in the afternoon. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Discovery : SNÖ Eternelle

The workshop that I really liked (you know I’m a beauty junky, lol): the meeting with the founder of luxury organic cosmetics and relaxation, Snö Eternelle and also former multiple World Champion in moguls skiing, Raphaëlle Monod.

The range of the brand includes sun protection (“Mon fluide protection”), a face skin care (Ma crème riche) and a body oil (“Mon huile S.O.S”) with 100% natural ingredients.

As soon as I have tested them, I will give you my thoughts. As they contain essential oils, I prefer to wait this fall or this winter, my skin being more reactive in spring and summer. Coached by the bubbly Raphaëlle to tone our face, we made a lot of grimaces (and laughed a lot). A kind of facial yoga (photo below). 

The Dinner

We go up to the Chalet du Lac, an altitude restaurant of Savoyard traditional cuisine based on local products. Awesome landscape! The cottage is in the Aravis nature reserve. Too bad that night falls quickly.

The dishes are delicious, with huge portions and the atmosphere really cosy thanks to the very friendly owner who made us taste many different Génépi. Photo below: a 5 kilo bread made especially for the restaurant.

  

Day 2

Finally in Nature!

As I didn’t want to try for the first time mountain biking, I took the Beauregard cable car and then walked for an hour through the pastures in altitude. 

Feeling of peace and euphoria sourrounded by the mountain tops and my friends, the cool cows (lol). Then again the cable car to join the group for lunch.

Bucolic Lunch

While part of the group arrived by mountain bike, we arrive on foot to the Chalet de Paccaly located at 1490 meters (photo above and photo on the right). The Aravis chain is spectacular! And the weather oscillates between threatening clouds and blinding sun.

The dishes are simple, but tasty based on flowers and cheeses (photos below). A pure moment of relaxation. 

  

The spa

And to finish in style this short weekend in La Clusaz: 2 hours Deep Nature Spa, one of the largest spa in the French Alps (with an area of 850 m²). The water course of 160 m² is designed by Serge Blanco (a French famous former rugbyman) and includes multiple hydromassage jets …

Exactly everything my body needs before the long drive to Geneva by car and then the plane! 

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Many thanks to the Tourism Board of La Clusaz for this beautiful invitation. As always theses are my opnions.

Summer Beauty Routine: Face & Hair

  

Never Without …

For few days in the Mediterranean, I chose effective “basic” products but not irritating. Because my combination skin is more reactive in summer and quickly warms and tolerates almost nothing.

1. I recently discovered the Decléor Aroma Cleanse 3-in-1 Hydra Radiance Cleasing Mousse with Neroli essential oil. Grea! Although it rinses with water, it doesn’t dry the skin. Its melting texture with a very light fragrance are very pleasant. Gentle, it cleans my sun creams perfectly. As very little product is enough to wash your face, this minidose of 50 ml lasts quite a long time. And the most important for me, I made no reaction to the essential oil of Neroli. 

2. Mon huile d’olive bio (pas de marque précise, juste première pression à froid). Mon huile à tout faire! Je vous en ai déjà tellement parlé qu’inutile d’en rajouter. Je l’utilise pour tout et avec tout! My organic olive oil (no precise brand, just a first cold pressed oil)  does everything! I’ve already told you million times, I use it for everything and with everything!

3. I was looking for a product with a high sun protection factor (without the ugly plaster effect) that suits my irritated mixed skin. And allows me to avoid to aply a day cream. A sunblock extremely moisturizing. And the big winner is the Uriage Fluide HYSÉAC SPF50+! It is very difficult then to use other sunscreens as its texture is awesome! 

4. Among my other favorites: the Novexpert Gommage Douceur Hydro-Biotique au Magnesium (a very gentle scrub with magnesium). Once or twice a week, in the evening, I need to cleanse my skin more deeply. In general, I then apply as a night cream, the great Qiriness Le Wrap d’Eau, a moisturizing balm with a velvety fresh texture. Pure pleasure! I apply a thick layer and let it dry one hour before going to bed without rinsing it. And the next day I have a bright plump baby skin.

  

The Hydration Boost

In the summer, I am obsessed with hydration. I drink a lot of water and eat more fruits and raw vegetables. Morning and evening, or as soon as I come back home after a day in the sun, I wash my face and apply on the face, neck and décolleté the Uriage Crème d’Eau Riche (Rich Water Cream) with Uriage thermal water and shea butter. I really like both texture (almost whipped) with a matte finish and discreet flowery smell.

Recently, I started using sheet masks more often thanks to the Qiriness Wraps. Initially, it was just for my long hauls to Asia, because they are easy to use while travelling. For face, I use the Wrap Hyal-Aqua, a micro fiber mask, impregnated with serum (with Hyaluronic Acid among others). And for my eye area (that as soon as I’m tired darkens): the Wrap Hyal Eyes. For a tenfold “freshness-firmness” effect, I put both patches in the fridge before using them. Top!

 

Hair and Sun Care

Well, my hair! Now that they grow from mid-long to long, I daily struggle with the knots and therefore a lot of breakage (scary!). So this summer, I do a minimum. As a daily care: a mix of thermal water with a little bit of organic olive oil and organic shea butter. Plus: disentangling by hand with infinite patience! Ah, mes cheveux, un vrai poème! 

For the shampoo, I remain faithful to the natural Kérastase Aura Botanica range. I really like the new Bain Micellaire Riche (1) with Amazonian Brazil nut oil, for dry and very dry hair. A clean composition with 96% of natural ingredients, without silicone, sulphate and paraben. A lovely texture with a little bit of foam and strong smell of plants. My must have! 

To lighten my suitcase, I preferred taking a half-empty pot of the Garnier Fructis Smoothing Macadamia Hair Food (2) with 98% of natural ingredients. I use it both as a conditioner mask, leave-in conditioning and a detanglling daily care. To be honest, I am desappointed. During the application, it seems to work miracles, but very soon as soon as my hair dries (rinsed or not), I find them even drier than before the treatment. 

This summer, I wanted to change my darling sunscreens (La Roche Posay’s Anthelios range and Vichy Idéal Soleil). And I’ve selected two products in the Garnier Ambre Solaire range. For the face, I use the Kids Sensitive Expert + SPF 50+ (2) and for the body, the Sensitive Expert+ FPS 50+ (3). My only concern: they leave big white marks on the skin and wherever I sit (lol)! When I’m too hot, I spray the Uriage Brume d’Eau SFP30a water mist (1) whose small size is very practical.

To be contued… Next: summer body routine! Enjoy summertime!

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