REN Skincare and The Golden Globes 2016

If you have seen the Golden Globes 2016, you have probably noticed Rachel McAdams’ glowing skin:

Rachel McAdams Golden Globes 2016
Photo: Getty Images

According to Birchbox and Rachel McAdams’ make-up artist (her sister!) Kayleen McAdams, to get her flawless complexion, McAdams used the following skincare products by REN:

  • Glycolatic Radiance Renewal Mask
  • Instant Brightening Beauty Shot
  • Instant Firming Beauty Shot
  • Global Protection Day Cream

I definitely want to try out the above products, as I’m very happy with the brand. Moreover, a few weeks ago I tried REN’s anti-ageing products for the first time.

REN Anti-Ageing Skincare

My Reviews:


When buying eye creams, I always try to find natural/organic products which absorb into the skin easily, and are gentle on sensitive skin. Creams that are too oily or thick can ruin my eye makeup. I like the creamy texture of this product. It absorbs nicely and goes well under makeup (concealer looks natural after applying). People do complain about the packaging, as they can’t see when it’s time to buy a new product. However, creams must be packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable (no jars!). Therefore, if you really like the product, it is always good to have another one in stock.

Bio Extracts and Results:

  • Hexapeptide-11 from Yeast Fermentation increases firmness and reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Native Peptides from Wheat fill in wrinkles, lift and reduce the appearance of expression lines and deep wrinkles
  • Hydroxyproline from Aminoacids Lipovector plumps the skin
  • Alpha-Linoleic Acid from Arctic Lingonberry Seed oil lightens skin colour and increases moisture level
  • Ceramide from Carthame Oil captures water and strengthens skin’s surface


I have a “sensitive combination” skin. Therefore, I always try to find natural/organic creams that contain the right ingredients for my concerns and are not too oily. Because this REN product doesn’t have an SPF, I use it as a night cream. I like the luxurious, silky texture of the cream and I noticed that my skin is much smoother and clearer. It is a natural, non-irritating retinoid product. I will definitely keep using it.

Bio Extracts and Results:

  • Retinoid Analogue from Brazilian Organic White Beggar’s-Tick Flower, boosts collagen and dramatically reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Galactan from Red Algae, repairs cells and protects DNA which prevents premature ageing
  • Oleuropein from Olive Leaf. An anti-oxidant that detoxifies and boosts radiance
  • Phycocolloids from Porphyridium Cruentum Microalga, instantly lift and firm skin
  • Hyaluronic Acid from Yeast, replenishes and plumps skin

I can’t wait to try out REN’s “Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot” and the other above mentioned products!

Stay tuned for my next post, where I will review my favourite “organic winter” teas :)!


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The Organic Label in London

First of all, I  hope you had a great holiday and I want to wish all of you a Happy New Year filled with new hope, new joy and new beginnings.

During Christmas time,  I went to London. I love the city in that time of the year (the Christmas lights and decorations on Regent Street were really beautiful!) and I always look forward to catch up with my friends and discover/buy new interesting green products.

My two favorite “Organic” stores in Covent Garden are Lab Organic and The Organic Pharmacy:

Lab Organic
They serve organic cold pressed juices and healthy plant-based food recipes. All dairy, gluten and sugar free and sooo delicious! I also love the fact that everything is eco-friendly. When I was working in London, you could find me there often during lunch time :).

Lab Organic London

Lab Organic Sweets

Lab Organic Juices

Lab Organic Food

Lab Organic Decoration

Lab Organic Bottles


The Organic Pharmacy
The Organic Pharmacy’s skin care is based on homeopathic and (organic) herbal medicine. The first store opened in 2002 in London and today they have stores and distribution all over the world. I bought supplements and skin care products of the brand and I’m very happy with the results. I love The Organic Pharmacy’s products.

The Organic Pharmacy Covent Garden London

The Organic Pharmacy Window

The Organic Pharmacy Inside

I hope you will have the chance to visit both stores. When you are in London, they are must-sees for every Organic Lover 🙂


Organic Paleo Bars and Porridge

Nowadays, more and more people are following a paleo, vegan or pegan(= paleo + vegan) diet. Vegan diet studies show they help with weight loss, reverse diabetes and lower cholesterol.  Paleo diets seem to do the same thing. I see myself as a “cheating pegan” :).

At the BioXpo in Brussels VitaSana I noticed two interesting brands that I wanted to try out: Turtle and Wild Thing.

Organic Paleo Bars and Organic Porridge

I really love the Turtle’s organic “Porridge Seedy” (one of my fav. porridges so far). I never ate porridge with so much seeds. The Porridge Seedy includes fine oat bran, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, buckwheat, flax seeds, poppy seeds and chia seeds rich in omega 3.

Furthermore, I tried Wild Things’ organic paleo raw bar with coconut and chia (off course I chose again the coconut taste :/) . I could really taste the blend of the dates, cashews, coconut and chia seeds. Yummy.

Here are 3 interesting articles to learn more about the paleo and vegan diets:

Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did! 🙂



Lovechock Organic Raw Chocolate

At VitaSana I also noticed the organic brand “Lovechock”:

Loveshock Raw Chocolate

I discovered this Dutch raw chocolate brand in a health/fitness store in London, very close to where I worked (dangerous!). In the store, I only noticed the basic Pure/Nibs bars (the full bodied pure bar with crunchy pieces of cacao beans). At VitaSana, I saw ALL the flavours; and off course I tried them all 😀 ! My favourite flavour is the Mulberry/Vanilla one. I can really taste the toffee, vanilla and warm after tones. Yummy. I love the quotes inside the packages too!

Lovechock Organic Raw Chocolate

According to Lovechock , the brand’s products are:

  • 100% organic cacao from Ecuador
  • Suitable for Vegan Diet
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Contains flavonoids (antioxidants)
  • Sweetened with coconut blossom nectar

Lovechock Organic Raw Chocolate

And yes, I took some home :D!!!


Happy Shake and Dr. Antonio Martins Coco Juices

Hi Organic Lovers,

My first posts (sooo excited !) will be about my reviews regarding some products I discovered at BioXpo Vitasana in Brussels. VitaSana is a yearly trade fair for bio, eco, natural and sustainable products; and a great event for all those involved in health matters.

At the entrance of VitaSana I noticed Ellemieke Vermolen making healthy shakes. She is a Dutch actress and she is married to celebrity chef Sergio Herman (had a three Michelin starred restaurant!). She recently published her second book “Happy Shake”. The book explains how to make healthy shakes and smoothies and how to target specific health issues with the right superfoods. I had the honor to be one the first people to receive it…. Signed!!! Her T-shirt gives the wrong perspective though haha.


Ellemieke Vermolen


Dr Antonio Martins and Ellemieke Vermolen


Besides my joy of receiving the “Happy Shake” book, I noticed a stand with coconut juices of the brand “Dr. Antonio Martins”. As I’m a coconut lover (and freak according my friends) and tried out so many juices (most of them taste so fake and like chemicals), I was very excited to try them out. The juices of the brand really taste like the real deal. Fresh, clean and pure.