If you are a regular reader, you’ll know that Julisis is one of my favourite brands. If I weren’t a beauty blogger and didn’t need to constantly try out new products, I’d be happy to just use Julisis for the rest of my life. All their products are impeccably made using only the finest ingredients, and they all really work. The thing I love about Julisis so much is that the products support the overall health of my skin, in the most holistic way possible. I never have any of my usual skin issues (dehydration, breakouts and uneven skin tone) when I use Julisis products on a regular basis.

The Silver Night products, two of which I will review below, are designed to support the regeneration and rejuvenation processes of the skin. As the name indicates, they all contain bio-available Liquid Silver Essence to improve the texture, tone and brightness of the skin. View Post

Being a skincare blogger, I often get to meet the artists/brains behind green beauty brands, and most of them are super inspiring! I only recently realised that most consumers never have the opportunity to get to know the wonderful people working behind their favourite brands, so I thought I’d start a new section called ‘Behind The Brand,’ where I interview some of my favourite people in the industry. Most of these interviews will be conducted via email, and I’ll try my best to limit editing to a minimum in order to keep the answers as authentic as possible.

Julisis is one of my all-time favourite brands; and Julius Eulberg, its founder, is one of the quirkiest and most inspiring people I know. He has spent years studying ancient texts on alchemy and herbalism, and he utilises this wisdom to create the most unique skincare products I’ve ever seen. I’ve spoken more about the brand and its philosophy in Julisis: An Introduction – so without further ado, let’s go straight to the interview. View Post

A couple of months ago, when I was on the hunt for an HG natural fragrance, I received a timely package from Julisis containing their fragrances. As most of my regular readers already know, Julisis is one of my absolute favourite skincare brands: I think their products are peerless. Like their skincare (which are divided into day and night products), their fragrance line includes a day fragrance (L’Elexir Du Jour) and a night fragrance (L’Elexir d’Amour) to address your round-the-clock fragrance needs.

L’Elexir Du Jour starts with fizzy bergamot. During this phase, the effervescent bergamot molecules feel like they are dancing on my skin. Julisis use four different types of bergamot from different parts of Italy to achieve this effect. Calabrian blood orange, Moroccan lime, pink grapefruit and Tunisian neroli join the bergamots to create an explosion of positivity and exuberance. To me, it smells like happiness. It smells like beautiful sunny days where you feel like anything is possible. As the fragrance settles, it assumes a greener character, before revealing its soothing, grounding base of rosewood and ho-wood. View Post

Some of my trusty travel companions

I’ve been spending the last week or so with my family in India. My first week here has been rather eventful.  There was a sudden cyclone in Chennai just before I landed, and everything was in a state of chaos when I arrived. The roads were blocked and dotted with fallen trees and fences. The cyclone had disrupted mobile, TV and internet networks, as well — so I had a hard time getting in contact with anyone.

To add to the confusion, the government had recently demonetised 500 and 1,000 rupee notes without any warning, so there was a shortage of cash everywhere. India is a cash economy, and a number of shops don’t accept cards. The places that accepted cards often had network issues and the ones that had machines that worked didn’t always accept foreign cards! While I was getting frustrated with all these glitches, the lovely and ever-patient Chennai locals seemed to consider it all a normal – if inconvenient – part of everyday life. Such things happen, they shrugged. You just can’t help it. I heard no one complain when we had to wait almost 2 hours to get 2,000 rupees from an ATM, and no one seemed as disappointed as I was when the machine ran out of cash before we got to use it.  View Post

I’m off to India tomorrow to visit family, and I’ve been spending the last few days planning what skincare items to take along with me. I don’t know if it’s the heat and the humidity, or the stress of being around family, but my skin always breaks out when I’m in India. Needless to say, I’ll be taking as many decongesting products with me as I possibly can! After a lot of planning, I’ve zeroed in on the following products to (hopefully) keep my skin (and the rest of me) zen and balanced:

In-flight Skincare:

I’ll be taking Rodin’s Cleansing Powder with me, just in case I feel like washing my face on the plane. Since it’s a powder, I won’t have to worry about liquid restrictions and such. In addition to the cleanser, I’ll be taking African Botanics Intense Skin Repair Balm, Ambuja’s Wanderlust Elixir, Julisis Eyemulsion, Yuli Cocoon Elixir and  Slip silk eye mask with me in my carry-on.

A few weeks ago, when I happened to discuss my travel plans with Julia Noik of African Botanics, she recommended that I use their Intense Skin Repair Balm on the flight. Its thick balm-to-serum consistency will be perfect for countering the drying effects of the stale plane air. Ambuja’s Wanderlust Elixir is a recent discovery.  The coconut water- based serum, with its outstanding list of ingredients, instantly plumps and lifts my skin and makes me look like I’ve had a good night’s sleep. I’ll need this not only on the plane but also when I land in India, when I’ll most likely be tired and jet lagged. I’ll do a full-length review of this product very soon. I decided to take the Eyemulsion with me because I remember Julius mentioning that he always travels with it. I still think it’s the best eye cream I’ve ever used. View Post