Saturday, August 27, 2016

Naturissimo Body Lotion by Biola

Biola is a Hungarian company manufacturing organic cosmetic products. This family company has a wide range of natural and organic products for all types of skin care for professional use and home use as well. Beautician Réka Varga is using Biola products at her beauty salon at Andrássy út in Budapest.

There're three main product lines: Naturissimo, Biola and Everyoung.
(to be honest I don't actually know what is the difference between these lines!)

"BIOLA developed its natural organic and biodynamic products by using the most modern dermatological and herbal scientific result as well as the knowledge of traditional medicine. The outstanding innovative products are all based on herbal origin together with their bioactive complex agents providing luxury skin care at a reasonable price. There is a wide range of products for face and body skin care for all skin types where everyone can find the most suitable ones for themselves."

I've been using now for a couple of weeks nourishing & rejuveniting body lotion with fenugreek ('rohtosarviapila' in Finnish) and linseed extract. The texture of the lotion is light and it absorbs fast so it's ideal to use also on busy mornings after shower. The scent is light and kind of sweet and fruity - not heavenly but nice anyway and not distorbing at all. Skin feels soft and nourished. I like it a lot!

Here's what is said about its use:

"This skin nourishing body lotion is rich in trace elements and supports hydration. Allantoin, vitamins B3 and E, provitamin B5 and the linseed extract accelerate skin regeneration. Hydrolysed almond milk, vitamins and fenugreek extract together with the beneficial skin nourishing oils contribute to the formation of firm, youthful and smooth to the touch skin. 
with herbal extracts and allantoin for skin regeneration 
with fenugreek extract
Application: apply a thin layer on the cleansed damp target area."

Are you familiar with Naturissimo body lotion? Or any other Biola products? 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Book Corner: The Girl On The Train

Bought this boo a while ago and just finished reading it. I kept on reading it and couldn't let it out of my hands. The Girl Ob The Train by Paula Hawkins is not a thriller nor a crime novel, or at least I didn't think of that, but there're several creepy moments.

I like the way it's written. There're two main characters, later comes a thurd one, who are telling their stories on the same timeline. A girl on a train starts the book by telling how she travels to London by train every morning and back in the evenings. Sounds a bit boring, but it just isn't boring at all! By the end of the book you know everything about Rachel, who's the girl on the train and not only about her but all the others involving to her life. 

It's better not to tell more as I'm afraid I might reveal too much. I can highly recommend this book basically to everyone who loves reading. The book has been optioned for film by DreamWorks so read it asap!

Paula Hawkins is a British author (she wil have her 44th birthday this week!). Her earlier books haven't succeeded commercially. It took her 6 months writing fulltime to complete 'The Girl On The Train' at a time when she was in a difficult financial situation and had to borrow from her father to be able to complete it.

Have you read this novel?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Kauneushuone Biuti

New beauty salon opened in Helsinki!
(I will continue this in Finnish, but while in Finland do not hesitate to book an appoinment for an absolutely gorgeous facial at Biuti in the centre of Helsinki). 

Helsinkiin on avattu aivan ihastuttava uusi kauneushoitola kaupungin keskustaan Kalevankadulle. Paikalla on hauska ja mieleenpainuva nimi Kauneushuone Biuti. Hoidot tehdään kauniisti valkoisella, luumulla ja hopealla sisustetussa rauhallisessa huoneessa. Valikoimiin kuuluu kasvohoitoja ja -hierontoja, jalka- ja käsihoitoja sekä vahausta. Hoidot on pääasiassa suunnattu aikuiselle kypsälle iholle, mutta valikoimista löytyy myös erityisesti teineille sekä miehille räätälöityjä kasvohoitoja. 

Tässä vähän esimerkkejä ja listaa saatavilla olevista hoidoista ja hinnoista:
  • Lift kasvohoito 135€
  • AHA kasvohoito 98€
  • Biuti - täydellinen kasvohoito 89€
  • Biuti - quick treat kauneustauko 49€
  • Puhdistava Pura kasvohoito 89€
  • Rauhoittava Sense kasvoihoito 102€
  • Klassikko kasvohoito miehille 99€
  • Pikakasvohoito miehille 49€
  • Tasapainottava kasvohoito teineille 60€

  • Jalkahoidot 75-92€
  • Käsihoidot 60-75€

Ai, miksi hehkutan tätä paikkaa? Ensinnäkin kosmetologina toimii serkkuni Nina ja toiseksi voin täysin rehellisesti sanoa, että Nina on todella hyvä työssään. Olen elämäni aikana käynyt monilla kosmetologeilla ympäri maailmaa mitä erilaisimmissa hoidoissa ja Nina kuuluu vähintäänkin top kolmoseen New Yorkin ja San Franciscon Ardenin Red Door- ja Lancome-hoitoloiden kosmetologien rinnalle. Aivan huippu siis!

Kalevankatu 28,
Helsinki, Kamppi

Ajanvaraus numerosta 0400 86 85 81

Highly recommended!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Why To add Lucuma Powder to Morning Smoothie?

I have pretty similar type of smoothie every morning. I use lots of berries and fruit depending on the season and what's available in the market place near my home. 

There are some ingredients that I always use no matter which berries or fruit I add. Those are chia seeds, ginger, cinnamon & turmeric powder and also lucuma powder. 

I use lucuma because it gives a sweet taste, although it's not really needed as the main ingredients of my smoothies are pretty sweet, but it's packed with potassium, iron and zinc as well. Lucuma is a natural sweetener. The fruit itself comes from Peru and it's dried at a low temperature into a nutritious orange-colour powder.

My berry smoothie
  • 2 cups of blackberries
  • 1 banana
  • a bite of fresh ginger
  • 2 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbs od lucuma powder
  • coconut milk
  • some raspberries for garnish


How about blueberry smoothie? Or with red currants

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Gone Fishing

Girls gone fishing! Had a chance to visit this interesting place in eastern Finland where you can fish your own salmon trout, had it cleaned and prepared the way you want meaning it can be cooked on open fire or smoked. 

This fish place is called Lohimaa ('salmonland') and it's located in Äyskoski near Kuopio. Fishing itself doesn't cost anything but you pay for your catch. You find all the needed equipment there so no need to bring anything with you. Thereäs a special pool for this kind of fishing and itäs almost guaranteed that evryone catches at least one fish. After catching your fish you take it to the fishing bar where they clean the fish if you want and also prepare it the way you wish. You can then eat it on the spot or take it home. We had the fish only cleaned and grilled it back at the summer cottage.

Have you ever been fishing?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Why To Add Cinnamon Into Smoothies?

No days without my morning smoothies. It's easy and quick to make, tastes delicious and has plenty of vitamins and other nutrients. I have already mentioned that I add turmeric to my smoothies for its health benefits. Another ingredients I always add is cinnamon. Otherwise I change the ingredients - sometimes berries sometimes fruit depending on the season.

These are the top 10 health benefits of cinnamon
  • Prevents cancer
  • Helps fight against bacterial and funghal infections
  • Prevents Alzheimer's disease
  • Helps treat the common cold and diarrhea
  • Heals cronic wounds
  • It's loaded with powerful antioxidants
  • Cuts the risk of heart disease
  • It has a powerful anti-diabetic effect
  • Helps reduce bloating
  • It has odor neutralizer and mood improving effect

My berry smoothie

1 banana
2 handfuls of blueberries
1 handful of raspberries
a bite of fresh ginger
1 spoonful of chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon of lucuma powder
Coconut milk

Good to know about cinnamon:

There are 2 kinds of cinnamon - Ceylon cinnamon which is known as 'true' cinnamon being healthier and more effective and Cassia cinnamon which is the more common variety and normally sold in supermarkets. This later one can, of course, also be used but it should be consumed in very small doses, max 2 tbs per day. That's why I add it only a 1/2 tbs to a smoothie. That's amount you cannot really taste, just gives a very slight flavour.

Do you add any cinnamon into your food?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Back To Budapest

I was asked to write a bit more about Budapest. Usually I like to let the photos speak but, of course, I can tell you some details about this old city.

  • There are sculptors of lion on the both sides of the Chain Bridge. According to a story, the sculptor forgot to carve out the lions' tongues. A boy made a remark about it at the openingceremony. The sculptor became so distressed that he jumped off the bridge into the Danube.

  • While walking in Budapest you can see cobblestone-size concrete cubes bearing a brass plate with a name and life dates on the streets. These are called Stolpersteines. They are placed in front of the houses where an individual person was living just before she or he fell victim to Nazi terror. Stolpersteines commemorate Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

  • There are 23 districts in Budapest. The Castle District on Buda side  is #1 and the very centre of the city on Pest side is #5. Each district has its own municipal government. Btw, I live in the 6th district, which is also on Pest side.  

  • The first royal residence on the Castle Hill was built between 1247 and 1255. The history of the castle has been pretty colourful. The palace was rebuilt (once again) between 1850 and 1856 during the era of Franz Joseph and it became a Neoclassical Baroque building. The Austro-Hungarian empress Elisabeth (Sissi) loved to stay in this castle while in Budapest. During the World War II heavy fights and artillery fire rendered the palace into ruins. all the furniture vanished, roots and vaults collapsed, and the southern and western wings were burned out. The reconstruction started after the war, but it's not marvellous inside any more. Nowadays the Hungarian National Gallery and Budapest History Museum are both located in the building.

  • Pest side is flat as a prairie. It's busy, buzzing and bourgeois with an assortment of bars, cafes and gourmet restaurants. 

  • The parliament of Hungary is the world's third largest parlament building. It represents Neo-gothic style and was built between 1885 and 1904.

Is there something else you would like to know about Budapest?

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