April 23, 2015

Looking for "The Little Prince"

I was like 10 or 12 years old (that was in the 90's) when I read the book. I had it from a library and it looked like this


a square hardcover and was in my own mother-tongue. Which is Slovak and that's one articulate language with a complicated grammar. And that's the thing - the particular translations of this book make a difference.

Upon searching for one to buy online for my daughter (OK she's not old enough to comprehend and enjoy it, but I know I will, in the meantime... ) I came to a finding that I want the original English translation by Katherine Woods or at least based by her translation which is more poetic and true to the original French than more recent translation that the readers now complain about.
I can agree on that by the comparing the samples of text I saw on fellow blogs. The wording is quite important and it's what makes the story so magical and beautiful.

Therefore I came to a conclusion I want such English translation (besides possibly Spanish one) but not some vintage original (meaning old and ugly) book, rather a new pretty one with the wording of Woods. Ideally with a hardback, colored illustrations, sounding like Woods but with the famous "sheep" control text saying the boy was looking for a FRIEND not a SHEEP, perhaps. Hopefully such edition comes around now that they just come up with an anime movie of The little prince to be seen in cinemas in late 2015 I believe. That should make it more popular once again right... Trailer here or here and the beautiful soundtrack here. Can't wait to see it!

So if you're reading this and can help me where to get such or which editorial does print such, please let me know and drop a comment below. Very appreciated!
Sending love to my fellow lovers of this book! 

April 18, 2015

REVIEW: Florame perfumes

 
Florame Vanille Gourmande 
(Delicious Vanilla)
My take:
There sure is sweet caramel-like vanilla and a bit of clove. I'm a vanilla fan but this is just too spicy and earthy for me. And I dislike the fact it has a bit of lavender in it, which unfortunately all of my Florame perfumes have. This (very nice) bottle comes in a smaller 50ml (1.7 fl.oz) size but costs about the same with the rest that are 100ml (3.4 fl.oz.). Good to notice this one is actually an Eau de parfum and the rest mentioned are Eau(x) de toilette.
Certified organic product.
Product quality 5/5. Fragrance appeal 3/5.



Florame Agrumes Irrésistibles 
(Irresistible Citrus)
My take:
I'm a big citrus fan too but again there's the lavender note, so all over it's a fresh citrus, almost cologne like fragrance. By the 'fruity' they mention on the box I'd expect something sweeter. Comes in a 100ml bottle.
Certified organic product.
Product quality 5/5. Fragrance appeal 3/5.



Florame Verveine Pétillante 
(Sparkling Verbena)
My take:
Well, verbena sounded nice to try. But finally it was a bit too crispy and bitter for my liking and not perfume-y enough. Something fitting for a body product such as lotion or shower gel but not an edt. Not too bad anyway, I used it up just like the rest. But I'll stay with verbena for teas only... Comes in a 100ml bottle. It has similar ingredients list to the others, forgot to take a photo of that.
Certified organic product.
Product quality 5/5. Fragrance appeal 2/5.



And this one is MEN'S...    
Florame Esprit Vétiver 
(Vetiver Spirit)
My take:
Very interesting but strange to me. Green notes, citrus, some mellow buttery creaminess to it, cedarwood, geranium and black pepper are noticeable. Has a bit of coriander and cardamom which appeal to me but I don't notice them much. Very relaxing and 'zen' like but not much attractive on a guy. It was definitely worth a try though as there aren't many real natural edt's for men. But as you can see in the photo, it gets used. Comes in a 100ml (3.4 fl.oz.) bottle.
Certified organic product.
Product quality 5/5. Fragrance appeal 3/5.



Final verdict: 
I will not repurchase any of these. I recommend you try them if you like notes of bitter citruses and lavender. And for the men's if you like vetiver, cedarwood and chypre type of fragrances. Their design though is first class.

April 17, 2015

Welcome to Madrid #5 : The Spanish attitude

If you know Spaniards a little bit, you know they have their "actitud", the strong attitude of confidence. Which is a good thing. The ugly side turns when the confidence turns into aggresivity. That's why we are fed news about homicides and abuse of all kinds, all the time.

And sadly I sometimes see (mostly) emotional abuse around me, which may not be noticed as such.
Why not?
Because the everage mindset sees a mother or father disciplining their child, not violence.
Because they see a young couple's conversation, not a boy distressing his girlfriend with his ideas of how he owns her and how stupid she is for not wearing and doing what he wants her to.
Because they see schoolmates fooling around, not a bully intimidating his fellows, just because the bully is mistreated by his parent who is mistreated by his/her spouse who is mistreated by his/her boss and so on.

I am reminded how authoritative Spanish men are everytime I see a guy (of all ages) holding his spouse around her shoulders or around her neck while walking on the street. A neck !? It's like he's leading his slave. What happened to the holding around a waist or a butt at worst? Luckily I don't see it that often and I'm impressed how old couples keep holding hands in public, it's very sweet.

It's a kind of a thing happening within families, within close friends and relatives. I have never experienced any assault or threat of any kind in public here no matter how little I wear, where I walk alone, or at what night hour. The south of Madrid is pretty much one of the safest Madrid areas. But the real problem happens within those who are close to each other. Which keeps issues hidden. Unless of course you hear what you didn't want to hear because they are so damn loud. Spanish people have no sense of how loud they are and are completely careless if heard or seen.

What inspired me to write this particular opinion, was a page in a local newspaper I recently read, which is basically a violence awareness campaign. I saw this ad and similar others in public places before, but this time I had a chance to actually take a photo of it.
Here it is:



It says At the first sign of abuse... RUN AWAY. And there is a very peaceful-mooslem looking guy (Hey I said peaceful. Because they are peaceful aren't they...) with an evil look on his face. In my not-so-humble opinion they used a good image for that. And you can see the tiny font with the phone number 012 which is the helpline to contact. Knowing how to defend yourself is better than running, but not all are able to do that and running is the last option. So you see how bad it is when the campaign has to take it that far. The campaign is of course good, the situation is bad.
When will people respect each other? I don't mind starting from myself but why nobody joins up?




January 6, 2015

Recent artworks: small landscapes

Two French countryside landscapes inspired by my own memories.



Spring time in Rhône-Alpes

 Acrylic on canvas, 4" x 6" (10 x 15 cm)

SOLD


Summer time in Rhône-Alpes

Acrylic on canvas, 4" x 6" (10 x 15 cm)

Buy this on Etsy 

 

January 4, 2015

My favorite organic lip balms (Part 2)

Happy 2015 !
Here goes the latest portion of my favorite lipbalms:


Caudalie lip conditioner 
from the 'Moisture Essential set'


This lip conditioner, first of all, smells lovely. Just like another product of this brand that I've tried, so I guess it's their signature scent. The scent is very light and gentle but up close it's there - somehow fruity - I guess grapes with some citruses. The moisturizing power is about medium, it is one of the harder, waxy types, but good enough for me. Will not melt easily.

This probably sells only as a part of a set. I got mine gifted to me, but as far as I know, you can get it from Caudalie website or specialty spas.
UPDATE 02/2015: This lipbalm is available at UK-based store naturisimo.com with free intl' shipping.

My rating: 4/5




Hurraw Balm


Yeah! Finally I got my hands on these and I'm in love. Pictured are mint (green) and coconut (brown), but I've had a vanilla too. Well, these must be the best lipbalms I have ever tried. I just love the oily-buttery softness, how it instantly melts on my lips, how divinely they all smell and are made of raw, organic or wildcrafted goodness. And they are vegan! Go get some !

My rating: 5/5


To see all my lipbalm posts, go to http://art-and-beauty-by-maggielet.blogspot.com.es/search/label/lip%20balm

 


May 3, 2014

April 26, 2014

SWATCHES: Silk Naturals (under eye) concealers

Silk Naturals 'Sleep In A Jar' - powdered concealer in Light Peach and Medium Peach, HD cream peach concealer in shade 30.
Compared to Silk Naturals HD cream foundations in G30 and G40.

Pictured are all sample jars except for the first one which is a full size jar.


Shade G40 is my face match (the last dab in the picture). And I pair it with the cream concealer in shade 30 (top right in the picture).


March 24, 2014

SWATCHES: Silk Naturals HD Cream Foundation

Silk Naturals came up with HD cream foundations in stick tubes. They are mineral based and in my opinion really good, meaning smooth and with a pretty good coverage. Here are my swatches from the samples. Swatched on the underside of my forearm.


G40 is my year round match (comparable to Lucy Minerals' Creamy Olive or Creamy Bisque), although I'd be G50 when well tanned in the summer. The G's go for GOLDEN meaning yellow undertone. Otherwise they make neutral and cool tones too:



Here's the full size. So portable and travel friendly!


It is recommended to apply on skin straight off the tube and blend with a damp sponge (the cosmetic expandable drop shaped type) or a brush. I just use a finger to blend so far, but I'd try it with the sponge once I get my hands on one.

December 26, 2013

Recommendation: Handmade earrings

I present you this unique jewelry handmade in France by my friend Sophie who runs her shop: Les Jumelles .
New creations added regularly. If you share the taste or have that unique friend to treat with a gift, here's an idea!



Check out 'Les Jumelles' at alittlemarket.com


November 4, 2013

My favorite mint balms

If you're a fan of chest rubs, minty ointments, cooling lipbalms or suffer from painful dry nose when having a cold, read on.

These are my two favorite all natural balms, which I mostly use on my nose when feeling dry. Well, eucalyptus does a nose good, sick or not.


Baume respiration (Respiration balm) by Biofloral
35ml in a screw-lid tin

It's shea butter based, vegan, 100% organic (certified), besides eucalyptus and peppermint contains plenty of other essential oils (lemon, cinnamon, lavender, rosemary, clove, thyme, silver fir etc) and feels quite strong, which I love.


Aromatic chest rub by Badger
21g / 0.75oz in a (nail breaking) press-on lid tin

This one is olive oil and beeswax based, feels less concentrated in essential oils and therefore more gentle. USDA certified organic. Besides eucalyptus and peppermint contains essential oils of ravintsara, tangerine, ginger, tea tree etc.


Both of them are quite hard to scoop out with a finger, that's why I use back of a nail if I want more than just a tiny bit. Once on skin, they melt instantly. They stand up to extreme heat without going any bad or changed. I don't believe they would do much as a chest rub but both are very usable as a lipbalm or wrist rub for aromatherapy.

November 3, 2013

Truly natural alternative to vaseline

Its called Care Jelly made by Handmade Naturals (UK).

Ingredients: Virgin Organic Olive Oil, Virgin Organic Shea Butter, Organic Calendula Infused in Organic Sunflower Oil, Essential Oils of Lavender, Geranium & Manuka.
(But note there is no apparent organic certification)

Comes in a glass jar of 60ml (2oz)

What can I say, it's just like petroleum jelly. Looks like it, feels like it, but! this is made from plant ingredients and has healing properties, contains shea butter, packed with vitamins A, E and F and it's vegan too.
I've never been a fan of petroleum jelly, but hubby is, so I got this for him to use instead of vaseline. And guess what, he loves it, and he likes how it smells too.
My rating: 5/5

More reviews from Handmade Naturals coming, they make some wonderful stuff!


July 14, 2013

Random cool stuff: Hunky billboard

A billboard in my city, with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx in one place ! 


 Makes my day everytime.

June 9, 2013

Review: My favorite cream deodorants


Yes, my favorite type of deodorant is a cream in a jar. As natural and effective as it gets. No aluminum, no alum, no alcohol, no water, no harsh chemicals. Just oils and butters, fine clays, essential oils and sometimes baking soda in a pasty consistency inside of a handy reusable jar. The best part of it - you can add up and blend in your own ingredients! Or you can try to make your very own deodorant inspired by the ingredients of these products.

Here are my top 3 right now:

1. Face Naturals - Grapefruit & Bergamot Cream Deodorant

I adore the scent (I'm a citrus fan), has drier pasty consistency. To apply, I blend it with something oily (say body butter) to avoid crumbling. Works great.
My rating: 5/5

2. Soapwalla - Deodorant Cream

Has a kind of herbal smell (tea tree and lavender is something I dislike but it has some citrus too and the scent is just faint so it's all good).
The strongest and most powerful to keep you smell-free all day out of the three I mention here. I blend in some melted shea butter or coconut oil because by itself it tends to irritate and dry my skin.
My rating: 4/5

3. Bubble & Bee - Pit Putty Cream in Geranium Lime 

Feels more creamy and buttery comparing to the other two. I'm not a fan of geranium but I prefer this scent to the rest they have, and I have tried most (not the newest vanilla though, which could be a new fave..). The product has a fancier labeling now. Works great as well.
My rating: 4/5

Random fun stuff: Lava lamp fun

Some creative boredom ....

June 8, 2013

My favorite watch

Its Timex T2N445 (model of 2012). A golden case with white strap.

Features 30 Swarovski crystals

Genuine leather on the inside of the straps

Fits any wrist size, ticks really quiet, time easy read, thin design, smooth rounded edges, pretty bling when sunlight hits it. Simple yet stunning.

May 28, 2013

Welcome to Madrid #4 : Would you eat that?

This is an on board plane food. It's a ham and cheese sandwich. (Gotta loooove ham and cheese as a true Spaniard....) With a rather impressive ingredients list.  


It's written all in Spanish, but even if you don't speak it, you get the idea of what delicious mix we got here:
Total count of E's mentioned: 26
I see 6 stabilizers, 6 emulsifiers, 5 preservatives, 6 antioxidants, 3 colorants and of course some aromas and flavour enhancers, just to name the interesting stuff.

Well, no, I didn't eat that! And not because it's not vegetarian (the ham was removable lol), but dont wanna kill myself just yet...


May 13, 2013

Review: Lavera Sensitive with SPF




My thoughts: Too waxy. Even in super hot weather still too hard for my liking. The Titanium Dioxide doesn't visibly whiten upon application, but some hours later there are white patches on my lips. And it's only SPF 5 with Titanium Dioxide being ingredient nr7. Not very moisturising either, my lips feel dry after a while.

I use it for sunny days but like to layer some Silk Naturals lippie on top.
No significant smell. Lots of good ingredients but the makers should cut half of the waxes and butters and change for oils.
 
My rating: 2/5