Beautifully Zen -Volition Tumeric Brightening Polish Review

There are a few things in life that I could honestly say that I am obsessed with:

Travel? Check!

Food?  Double Check!

Interior Design and Architecture?  Absolutely!

Turmeric?  Without a doubt!

Now obviously my turmeric obsession is completely different then all of the others, and I realize that it is a bit of an odd one to have.  But the truth is that I have been interested in the benefits of turmeric since I was a child.  When I was younger, my mum and grandmother introduced me to the idea of exfoliating with a paste that had turmeric in it to help to achieve beautiful, glowing skin.  Frankly, I would do it everyday if it didn’t leave my hands and nails a bright yellow hue.  Even before I started studying nutrition, I was aware of the benefits of including turmeric in my diet, needless to say turmeric has been a staple in my pantry and on my plate for many years.   (You can read about the benefits of turmeric here)

A few months ago, I was wandering the aisles of Sephora when I came across Voliton’s Turmeric Brightening Polish.  Despite the fact that I has never heard of the brand or this scrub, I immediately grabbed a bottle and headed to the cashier to pay for my new found discovery.

Having used this scrub periodically over the past few months are here is my honest review:

8352e52b-05c8-4350-addc-4ebda7d0b160Volition is a cool beauty company that make products thought up and created by real people just like you and me.  If you go to their website, you can vote on beauty ideas suggested by regular people and they develop the product.  In my opinion, the idea of creating a turmeric exfoliant is brilliant and had I been aware of such a company, I would have voted for this product myself.

The packaging, like all of Volition’s packaging includes a little introduction and picture of the person that came up with the idea for this product –  I love that they get credit for their great ideas!  Other then that, the packaging is nothing out of the ordinary but I will say that the rose gold coloured cap on the bottle is pretty.

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Texture – this is where I was disappointed.  The bottle states that this product is for face and body but the texture is quite grainy.  The exfoliants are quite large which I find are better suited to use on the body as it would be too harsh to use as a facial scrub.  I like to use it as an extra scrub step when my skin needs a little extra attention and follow it with a good moisturizer.

5092da64-f1c8-4bc0-9aff-cd577c6e9ef8I really wanted to love this product especially since it contains my favourite all star miracle spice, but unfortunately I can’t honestly say that I do.  It is effective as a body scrub but there are many others on the market that work just as well and are less expensive.

Stylishly Zen rating – 2.5/5

I hope that you have a beautiful day!  XXS

Inspiring Interior

I have no excuse, I fell off of the blogging wagon!  I have spent six months thinking about blogging and coming up with new topics but that’s all they were….thoughts.  I got caught up in life and failed to take some time to nurture my creative outlet aka this blog.  I have missed all of you and I am so happy to be back!  Here is a quick update – I bought my first place!  I have dreamed of this moment for a very long time, and more importantly I have dreamed about how I would decorate my place.  But now that I finally have the chance, I’m stuck – I can’t seem to find any furniture that I like (within my limited budget obviously).  Needless to say, I am frantically searching for inspiration and through this search I have come across some gorgeous Inspiring Interiors that I am so excited to share with you.

20071d45-0100-46b5-b872-763a0825af26Today’s Inspiring Interior is in Cordoba Argentina and it is soooooo cool! Named “La Negrita” and located within a forest, this abode was designed to exist harmoniously within nature.  The home owners gave Cordoba based architects Morini Arquitectos the goal of creating a home that would be private from the street but connected with the surrounding landscape.  The result is three separate modules (garage, bedrooms and open plan living and dining room) connected by a black facade.  The black walls hide the home from the street but the latter part of the home has floor to ceiling windows that connects the interior with the stunning landscape.

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What do you think of this unique masterpiece?

Images via http://www.dwell.com

I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS

Inspiring Interior

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Spanish designer Katty Schiebeck’s work. Clean lines, a mix of textures against a beautiful colour palette of bright white and bold colours are all hallmarks of Katty’s signature style.  So when I saw pictures of a recent Barcelona based project of hers, I was pleasantly surprised to see the evolution of Katty’s style.  There were still clean lines and a contrast of layered textures, but this project was darker, moodier and dramatic all the while maintaining a modern vibe of class and elegance.

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Grey walls, gorgeous marble and dark herringbone floors provide the perfect backdrop for the minimalist aesthetic that Katty excels at.

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This is gorgeous apartment has large windows and a large outdoor space. The cohesive design and colour palette successfully integrate the outside with the inside of the apartment making this apartment even more swoon worthy.

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Overall, this apartment is a work of art and will be serving a design inspiration for future projects.

All images from http://www.kattyschiebeck.com

I hope that you have a beautiful day! XXS❤️

 

 

So Let The Sunshine In

It is hot outside! As I am writing this it is currently 35 degrees outside (38 with the humidex), and despite not having air conditioning in my apartment I refuse to complain.  Instead, I am going to make the best of the warm summer months and enjoy my time in the sun.  One way that I plan to enjoy my summer is by planning an August vacation, so my mood board for July is all about vacation wardrobes, fabulous swimwear and motivation to make the best of it. Enjoy!

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All images from http://www.pinterest.com and @ariviere

I hope that you have a fabulous day! XXS❤️

Inspiring Interior

Today’s Inspiring Interior was love at first sight for me. Lately, while researching design projects for Stylishly Zen I have struggled to connect with any of the projects that I have looked at. That is until I stumbled across this one while scrolling thru Instagram one day.  Templeton Architecture in Australia have created some phenomenal design projects and I am officially in love.  This home combines my love of grey, black and white interiors, clean lines and minimalism with unexpected details and accents.  Needless to say – this home is positively swoon-worthy!

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Located in Australia, Templeton Architecture worked with Lou Prentice Interiors to enhance the original character of an older home while still giving it a modern and contermporary feel.  One of the challenges of working with a large space is to create a space that feels intimate yet not stuffy or overwhelming.  It is a lot more difficult to achieve then it sounds, yet here the designers make the intimacy of this space feel effortless and calming.

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The archways and paneling throughout the house are further highlighted with contrasting paint colours making them both stand out and blend in seamlessly with the rest of the house.

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While I love everything about this home, I am completely enamoured with the kitchen.  The dark cabinetry, marble and appliances contrast beautifully with the stunning tile floor and gorgeous archway. Love! Love! Love!

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Overall this home is a slice of design heaven, and I cannot wait to see what else the very talented team at Templeton Architecture design next.

All images are from http://www.templeton.com.au

I hope that you have a fabulous day! XXS❤️