Aloe Vera is a powerful cactus plant that grows like a weed all around the meditarrenean region, in parts of Africa and India.  The tender leaves are full of a versatile gel that can be used internally and externally as a  drink or on the skin. It helps  digestion  (in reasonable dosage) heals wounds, soothes the skin relieves from sun burns,  treats hair and scalp problems and is generally used  in cosmetics for its anti aging effects. Aloe vera can be potted, the gel has to be scooped out of the  leaf fresh or else it loses its benefits.


Aloe Vera can be used in more than one way, the benefits are significant to one’s health.

The ancient Egyptians called it the “plant of immortality.”

Here are 7 benefits of using aloe vera gel:

1. It treats sunburn.

Aloe Vera helps with sunburn through its powerful healing activity at the epithelial level of the skin, a layer of cells that cover the body. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish its moisture. Because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, the skin heals quicker.

2. It acts as a moisturizer.

Aloe moisturizes the skin without giving it a greasy feel it prevents skin from drying.

For men: Aloe vera gel can be used as an aftershave treatment as its healing properties can treat small cuts caused by shaving.

3. It treats acne.

Aloe vera gel  provides wound healing and anti-inflammatory properties that reduce skin inflammation. It allows the skin to heal quickly and naturally with minimal scarring.

Aloe is soothing and can reduce skin inflammations, blistering and itchiness, while helping the skin to heal more rapidly.
4. It fights aging.

As we age, everyone begins to worry about the appearance of fine lines and the loss of elasticity in their skin. Aloe leaves contain a plethora of antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated.

5. It lessens the visibility of stretch marks.

6. It’s nutrient rich for good health.

This solid material contains over 75 different nutrients including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, sugars, anthraquinones or phenolic compounds, lignin, saponins, sterols, amino acids and salicylic acid.

7. It aids in digestion.

The internal benefits of aloe vera are supposed to be just as amazing. The plant is said to improve the digestion and to relieve ulcers.


. Drinking aloe vera juice regularly can help get rid of all the junk your body no longer needs which in turn prevents various digestive problems such as indigestion.

Some recipes for aloe vera juice:

Here is one recipe


1 Apple

1 Carott

1 Lemon
2 tbsp Aloe vera pulp

1. Blend the apple and the carott
2. Add the lemon juice
3. Cut open an aloe vera leaf and scoop out 2 tbsp of the pulp and add it to the mixture



                                 PARIS FASHION WEEK

                                            BEAUTY TREND

                                             SUMMER 2015



It’s a fresh start as we are back to work or back to school, holidays are over and  the shows are on.

We can still feel the summer breeze  floating through the catwalks, tinting the models cheeks of pink as if the sunset was illuminating their faces staring  into  the horizon

Here are a few show descriptions to catch a glimpse of Spring summer 2015 beauty








Fresh / Natural

Underlined Eyebrow

Brownish, glossy eye shadow

no lips



3 45

Intense eye brows

Orange/ pink lips

Pink cheeks

Summer sunset glow


                                    ISABEL MARANT






Fresh / Neat / Clean

Summer breeze

Pink fresh cheeks

Brushed, scruffy, natural eyebrows

Pinkish lips








Pearl skin

Powdered and airy look

Eye glow, glossy eye

rochas 1
New Geisha
Doll eye lashes
Dot under the eye
Pale skin
Pale lips, and heart shape
Lilac, pale blue eye shadow



C’est l’année d’Emmanuelle Bercot ! Après être venue présenter son film «La Tête Haute» diffusé pour l’ouverture du Festival de Cannes, l’actrice-réalisatrice française a monté dimanche une dernière fois les marches de la Croisette pour venir recevoir le Prix d’interprétatoin féminine.

Elle a été récompensée pour sa prestation dans «Mon Roi» de Maïwen. Elle participe ainsi au joli palmarès français lors ce 68e Festival de Cannes.

C’est dans une belle robe noire, avec un maquillage lumineux et naturel qu’Emmanuelle Bercot est venue recevoir son prix des mains de Tahar Rahim. «Ce prix, je veux dire à Maïwenn qu’il récompense son audace, son sens aigu de la liberté, son anticonformisme. Après «Polisse», elle pouvait viser les plus hautes sphères, avoir les plus grandes actrices. Et non, elle a choisi une inconnue de 46 ans pour être son actrice», a-t-elle déclaré, émue.

Depuis les premières marches cannoises jusqu’à la cérémonie de clôture l’actrice a pu sublimer les tapis rouge avec l’aide de Guerlain. A 47 ans, l’actrice illuminait la scène avec une mise en beauté signé Coral Clark pour la marque parisienne.

Base :
Le nouveau soin Météorites Oxygène

Le teint :
Precious light, enlumineur rajeunissant, teinte 01
Lingerie de Peau, fond de teint fluide, 03 Beige Naturel
Terracotta Joli Teint Poudre Duo Bonne Mine, 02 Naturel Blondes
Rose aux Joues, 01 Peach Boy

Les lèvres :
Le Stylo Lèvres, 44 Bois de Santal
KissKiss, 363 Fabulous Rose

Les yeux :
Khôl Me Kajal, noir
Ecrin 6 Couleurs, 68 Champs-Elysées
Le Crayon Sourcils, 01 Brun Idéal
Mascara noir Cils d’Enfer So Volume









Aleppo soap

This is a reminder of lives their history and their culture culture,The Aleppo soap is the first hard, authentic soap to be created in the world. It is famous for its remarkable qualities and historical background. The production methods used to create this soap have been preserved to this day by Aleppian master soap makers. Since the 8th century families have been producing Aleppo soap in small scale and using the same techniques which has maintained this 13 century old tradition.

Aleppo soap is considered one of the purest soaps ever made, created exclusively with the most natural ingredients. It is made of olive oil, laurel bay oil, sodium hydroxide and water. In some cases some other natural ingredients are added such as honey, pure essential oils, red clay, dead sea salts and argon oil.

Aleppo soap is boiled with olive oil and laurel oil. The quantity of both oils used may vary from one soap bar to the other. Usually olive oil is between 60-98% while laurel is between 2-40%. The soap which has the most amount of laurel oil in it is considered to be the most valuable and it has the most costly production. Aleppo soap doesn’t contain any artificial colorings (its color is due to the proportion of laurel oil), no artificial fragrances and flavors, parabens, foam establishers, perfumes and no animal fats. This makes the soap the ultimate natural product, with properties that are extremely good for the skin.

Over two thousand years the town of Aleppo in ex-Mesopotamia has preserved this ancient processing method which is the soap’s main secret. The large blocks of soap are made by hand using traditional method, these soaps are cut into blocks and stamped with the mark of the manufacturer. After, the soaps are set out to dry for a period of 6 to 9 months on racks in well aerated arches. During this drying process, the soap gets both hard and its color changes from olive green to a beautiful deep gold. The color the soap acquires depends mostly on the amount of laurel oil the bar has. Color ranges from a pale yellow (small concentration of laurel oil) to a deep brown or golden color (large concentration of laurel oil).

Aleppo soap is so mild, gentle, moisturizing and natural that it can be used on adults, babies, small children and even pets. It will not dry your skin out and once wet it has a luxurious, smooth and creamy feel. After each use your skin will feel refreshed. It is most popular because of its stronger disinfectant, regenerative, purifying properties which help sooth sensitive skin. Anyone who finds themselves suffering from skin allergies, irritated skin or conditions such as general dermatitis like eczema, psoriasis, bacterial dermatitis, acne, herpes, rosacea, it also helps prevent hair loss and it aids in the recovery of skin diseases. It’s recommended for all skin types. Olive lo is very rich in vitamin E and polyphenole, which is a useful anti-oxidant that can help delay the effects of aging while the bay tree oil has antiseptic properties. It tones, stimulates and brightens skin complexion. It is an excellent product that can be used against spots and pimples. It softens and nourishes the skin without causing dryness and irritation.

This product is said to last for months due to its high density and it is also cost effectiveness it can replace shampoo, conditioner, face soap, body soap and shaving cream.There are several types of Aleppo soap products on the market, including solid soaps (in bars, cubes), liquid Aleppo soaps, clay masks, soap flakes (for washing clothing) and sachets for linen.. Normally all of them are imported from Syria. Aleppo soap is slightly pricey compared to regular bars of soap. In the United States prices range form $7.80 to $11.40 approximately. In the U.K. prices may range from $6.00 to $10.45 approximately. Most of these products are found online, so you also need to consider shipping and handling together with the soap’s price.

Manufacturers claim that the advantages linked to the usage of Aleppo soap are endless.When used on the face and body, the soap will clean the skin deeply while it eliminates the peeled cornea layer, the sebum and sweat (which is the main cause of a tarnished complexion), dust and other micro-bodies of the environment. It can also be used as an excellent make-up remover. using Aleppo soap will aid in preventing infection. Also, the la of artificial coloring or other chemical additives is the reliable guarantee from allergies or other attacks that may harm the skin if rubbed by an industrial soap.

Some Dermatologists advise to use Aleppo soap to eliminate the hydro lipid, sebum, excess from the skin. In the case of people with sensitive skin, it is recommended to use Aleppo Soap Flakes to wash linens, baby clothes even lingerie; any garment that may come in contact with the skin.Aleppo soap has a forgotten quality in the Western world, but known in the Eastern world, which is an effective way to eliminate clothes moths in the closet.

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Ricin oil is a derived from castor oil (cautionary note: it can be toxic if used orally) and with time, it will reinforce your eyelashes and brows.
 If your eyebrows and lashes are thinning out then consider this solution. In a new mascara tube, add a drop of ricin oil and each day apply with your mascara. If not, use an empty tube and apply with the brush then with a tooth or eyebrow brush dip into a little ricin oil and comb gently by dabbing into the roots of your eyebrows.

This is a long term process, done on a daily basis, you should get a result after a couple of months (this is an average; each of us react differently). You can also use it in your hair to reinforce and encourage growth. Always use organic.







Stephen Jones_00011/You were a model before becoming a photographer do you think that the energy of a model can impact and influence a photographer?

Making pictures with people involves a certain projection of oneself. I try to recognise something of myself in someone I photograph. I also need to understand the energy, but by that I don’t mean their forcefulness or vitality, it’s rather ‘what makes them tick?’ because models come in all configurations. If the sitter isn’t compliant, I try to tweak them to a place where we are both in agreement.

2/Is it the photographer who influences the picture more than the model. Who leaves the most feeling or is it a fine balance?

The idea is that many decisions have been made before the person sits in front of the camera, there is some kind of (physical) situation or decor there for the sitter to interpret. I need to be receptive to their interpretation, but I want to guide the sitter so that they look right. I’m looking for an unknown area, ideally to try to transcend the images that we might have already seen of that person.

3/Did you consequently feel like an object of art while being

photographed or as a photographer do you find that you are the


No. I influence in that I have an idea that I’m trying to share. It’s not terribly complicated, you just have to find a space where the sitter relates to the proposed situation, that’s the idea.

4/Is a models personality relevant in an image or it is the

photographer’s personality that creates the image…

See 2) above. I really don’t care for the ‘Who’s who’ part of picture making. If I did, it would mean I wasn’t thinking for myself.
Models really are put in uncomfortable situations, and many don’t complain at all! I’m too conscious of that, and I think that when we are absolutely set on reproducing a theoretical idea, we tend to forget that to be human is also to be spontaneous, and to see what happens when…

5/Do you think that working with different artists as a model and having to adapt to their strong perception is a danger for ones perception of ones self?

When people know you’re a model by profession, and have a physique that can be used to conjure up ideas and sell things, they feel at liberty to comment on it. Let’s remember that standing in front of a camera/being on a catwalk is one small part of life though! I don’t remember being affected by the experience, but I remember at the time constantly thinking “what would my life be after this?” I knew it wouldn’t last long, although it turned out to last I lot longer than I imagined, when in more recent times I was rather flattered when Martin Margiela asked me out of the blue to model for him, so in that respect it was a positive thing. What is more problematic is the kind of images young people are looking at, we need to be really watchful of imposed ideals.

6/Would you call a photographer a different mirror each time, or is

the job of a model to be so strong that she is the drive of the

photo session?

More than a mirror really. The dictates of the fashion industry pay a large part in the final result. The model may have been selected because she corresponds to a certain look. But that may be very exciting, too, it may give her/him great confidence to know that they are desired and chosen, because it is hard work to photograph somebody who doesn’t want to be there or has very different ambitions.

7/Would you say that this is what defines a good model as opposed

to one that melts into the decor and world of the artist photographer

or even painter?

Are we talking about celebrity models? I think it’s a different kind of photography. With photographs of celebrities I’ve always been amused by totally unexpected roles, When I assisted Michael Roberts, he took some brilliant pictures of Kylie Minogue who was a soap star at the time and put her in a sort of very elegant Hoyningen Huene situation, which we had never seen before; and the picture of Vivienne Westwood as Margaret Thatcher is legendary.
In order to understand the picture, we need to know who the personality is. Models are known for their capacity to adapt, so the effect is less surprising. Personally I find it interesting working with the same person a lot, so we start to get the point of each other.

8/Does the interpretation and reflection of your physique affect who

you truly are?

It’s part of it, like any work you do, if you analyse and debrief after you’ve done it, it gives you a better understanding of what you’re doing. As a photograph or video is a visual trace, it perhaps more immediate. But frankly, even at my grand old age, I still don’t really know what I project, and I’m often shocked by other people’s interpretations.

9/Would you be a different person if you had never questioned your physique?
– Yes, ever so slightly.

10/Do you consequently wonder what people see when you walk

into a room?

Well, when I get ready to go out, I would like people to think ‘Ooh she cuts a fine figure!’ However when I am in teaching or photography mode, there’s not much that is further from my thoughts. In that role I have to be completely receptive to others..
I’ll just say that going grey is incredibly empowering! I’m afraid to say if looks were the only concern, perhaps it means there’s not too much else going on, and I suppose it would be a recipe for anxiety.

11/You come across as quite shy, so do you think that you would be different had you not been a model since being aware of the way

you look would possibly make you question your reflection into others…ie different people different mirrors?

Interesting question.. I suppose I am quite discrete. Maybe that’s more noticeable because I’m quite tall, or maybe because I’m intense and don’t wish to come on strong, I’ve spent a lot of time doing sport, particularly competitive swimming which changes your body a lot, so I think it’s more complex than that.. but I don’t think that being a model changed any of that, the time spent on a shoot is too short to make too much impact. I should mention that much of the time I was doing something else, I was at college or working by helping to produce photos when I was asked to model, and so often working with people who I knew very well.

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Meet Dan Graham and his interactive art. Art that connects and bounces of its environment and changes with the colour of the sky, the reflection of light and modifies our vision by exposing more and more layer of infinite possibilities, shapes and light move with the sky and people walking past, with colours blending into different shapes while other colors bounce off one reflection to the other, infinitely moving . Here is Dan Graham giving a speech at the opening party of the Mamo museum in Marseille on the roof of the cite Radieuse the famous building designed by the architect Le Corbusier, at his side, Emily Marant , Ora Ito and the CEO of Parley for the ocean who gave a talk on our over consumerism of fish and of plastic waste that are poluting and suffocating the oceans. We will have to drastically modify our consumption of fish and plastic within the next years if we want to save the biodiversity of our oceans. Already, some  people through awareness and knowledge  are choosing to significantly reduce their consumption of fish . We all have the power to chose to consume or not, we all have a voice through the choices we make every day.




To meditate you have to train your mind, in the same way that to be fit you have to train your body. There are many meditation techniques.

Like anything practice makes perfect.

It’s extremely difficult for a beginner to sit for hours and think of nothing or have an “empty mind.” The easiest way to start is by focusing the breath. Really meditation is concentration, mindfulness is also a form of concentration. When one is fully concentrated one is in the present moment and that in itself is a form of meditation.
The concentration meditation technique involves focusing on a single point. This could be listening to your breath, repeating one single word over and over again, focusing on looking at a candle flame, or finding on spot on the floor and staring at it. Since focusing the mind is not that easy, a beginner might meditate for only a few minutes and then work up to longer time.
Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Notice the movement of your body as you breathe. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage and belly. Make no effort to control your breath; simply focus your attention. If your mind wanders, simply return your focus back to your breath. Maintain this meditation practice for 2–3 minutes to start, and then try it for longer periods.
If relaxation is not the goal of meditation, it is often one result of it. Since then, studies on the relaxation response have documented the following short-term benefits to the nervous system:


• lower blood pressure
• improved blood circulation
• lower heart rate
• less perspiration
• slower respiratory rate
• less anxiety
• lower blood cortisol levels
• more feelings of well-being
• less stress
• deeper relaxation




After a week of long days running around shows, presentations, openings, dinners and parties at the Fashion week in Paris, I felt exhausted. Going back to everyday life, my work routine, I needed a shot of new energy. When listening to your body, some small signs : need of coffee and sugar, sleep calls during the day…can reveal that the metabolism is not functioning properly and that it is time for a pause to get back on track for a healthier lifestyle! I heard about cold press detox juices through a friend and I felt that I had to have a try at this Nubio cures!

Claire Nouy and Gabrielle Rotger go around Paris riding their bikes, love quality food, practice yoga and are two young entrepreneurs! Nubio started a year ago, the key to their success is a mix of very fresh vegetable and fruits, good recipes and amazing taste! Before starting a cure you should prepare your body and mind by stopping tea, caffeine, gluten and refined sugar. Nubio even recommends the “Green me up” blog with tones of detox recipes! The juices are freshly pressed every morning in the Atelier (11th), recipes change according to the season and delivered at your door (you can also pick them up at the Courrege café in Paris).


At 9am my Nubio box was delivered at my door, I started with the “NOUVEAU DEPART”.

The New start cure is based of Pink, Orange, yellow & green juices, 4 different recipes and tastes to drink though out the day. +++ I have to say, the packaging and service is amazing In my box: 4 Juices of 500ml numbered for each period of the day 2 small comfort juices, one lemon & chai and a almond juice 5 cacao almonds 6 straws 2 little companion sheets A 500ml juice is worth a 1KG of fruits and vegetables, the idea is to masticate the juices, this way drinking is like having a meal and vitamins go straight into the body! Here are the ingredients:

1- Pear, carrot, coconut water, lemon, curcuma

2- Apple, fennel, spinach, parsley, lime

3- Carrot, orange, celery, lemon, nigelle

4- Fennel, apple, carrots, violett carrot, beet-root, lemon, gingembre

Elixir : Lemon, lime, maple sirup, seeds, mineral water

Petite Douceur : Almonds, dattes, himalayan salts

A detox is not a diet, it is a digestive break that brings you clean energy! I thought that I would be starving, with 4 juices in one day and a few little almond juice breaks the day goes by in a wink! Small advice though, when drinking only juices you should be having a quite evening!


I woke up with a clear head and new energy. I usually have trouble feeling awake before a strong coffee, funnily enough to stop digesting for 24 hours really feels like you are giving your body a break. As soon as I work up I started the “INTENSE CURE”, the difference with the “NOUVEAU DEPART” is that the juices are all green, they contain less calories (1220Kal) and the tastes are relatively the same from one juice to the other. Starting the day with the Lemon “Elixir” !


1- Cucumber, spinach, pear, celery, lime, sage

2- Apples/fennel/parsley/lime,rosemary

3- Spinach, white carrots, cucumber, lemon, stinging nettles, nigelle

4- Spinach, pear,kale,coconut water, parsley, lemon

Elixir : Lemon, lime, seeds, mapple sirup, mineral water

Petite Douceur : Mineral water, amonds, dattes, vanilla, himalayan salts

When the cure is finished, you should follow the Nubio guide to slowly start eating again, with healthy habits. Eat many seasonal vegetables and fruits, diminish coffee and alcohol and refined sugar.

So Start Fresh :