When in Saigon…

3 months has passed since I went back to France for the summer holidays! As usual, it went so fast… I was happy being able to switch off completely from work during this month away. Of course, as soon as you come back, reality and work life hits you up again, but it was really nice and enjoyable.

A lot of things have been going on in my Vietnamese journey recently. I dropped out one of my two jobs, decided to become an entrepreneur, share more on Instagram, take some yoga classes every week, went to a beauty show in HK, got a juicer to make amazing healthy juices, be more organized, cook at home more and buy some veggies on the market, enjoy Saigon more, carry on discovering new places and café in town, do more hairstyling, get a sport routine, drink coconut water, well… all these little things that make your life better!

After these 6 crazily busy months, I have realized I didn’t have time for myself, my hobbies, sport, my lovely blog, or even for my BF. At some point, I have tested my limits. I now take some time for myself, relax, and work on my own projects. Well deserved!

There is this thing, when working in Asia, that you can work non stop if you want. Working freelance makes things even more difficult, as you work towards deadlines. You don’t have hours, and you want to do your best. As a result you find yourself working like crazy for everyone apart from yourself, as it is the only not-paid job.

On the happy side, Hong Kong was amazing. We had such a great time, switching off the Saigon underdeveloped life to HK crazy developed city! We were staying in an area called Causeway Bay, the heart of HK shopping experience! Forever 21, Aesop, Mango, Apple, Ba&sh, Uniqlo, Etude House, you lost me already…

Then there is the Peak experience, the oldest tram climbing to the top of the world with this stunning view (!!), the flowers and the birds market, all these vintage markets selling fake brands, and above all this stunning view and light show of the city. A unique (and busy) experience!

Here is a quick lapse of what we have experience in the crazy city:

Good evening Hong Kong! 🌃🌙

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Homemade sugar body scrub made in Vietnam!

Today a quick and very simple recipe made in Vietnam for beauty lovers who love to do their own cosmetics 🙂 #Homemadebeauty

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A body scrub is very simple to do, but the choice of the ingredients is the most difficult part as you want your scrub to be good and moisturizing your skin.
What I choose is very basic but 100% safe and natural: Coconut oil from Vietnam, Sugar, Argan oil from Morocco (one that I got at the Cosmeeting in Paris) , Organic Lavender Essential Oil.
It brings together hydration of the skin, softness, balance skin PH and exfoliation.
Regroup the rolling ingredients:
  • 2 or 3 big spoons of sugar
  • 2 spoons of natural coconut oil (cold press is better because it will have more benefits for the skin)
  • Half spoon of argan oil
  • 4 or 5 drops of lavender or Ylang Ylang essential oil
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Mix everything together and use it as your usual scrub, in circular massage into your body.
Enjoy!
Marion xx 🙂

Saigon Flea Market !

Saigon Flea market

Seriously, it’s an amazing event not to be missed if you live in Saigon! The Flea market is a vintage & retro market for clothes lovers, jewelry lovers and cosmetic lovers (me :D) but decoration lovers as well 🙂 More than 50 stands are presenting their clothes, bracelets, bags, products, stuff,… And it’s just so cool 🙂 I used to love the vintage markets when I was in England, and I am so happy there are few here as well 😀 Moreover I found great stuff you will see later in pictures !!

I discovered it on Facebook one month ago, so I missed the previous one by one day…. As you can imagine, I was really waiting for the one this month. Yeah it’s one time a month, but no worries it’s going to change soon: 2 per month in D7 and ……. in D2, where I live #Amazing !! In the meantime, I discovered another one called The Dream Market and the next one is on October 12 and 13th in District 1 🙂

For this edition I went with my three friends Rebecca, Ngan and Emma and they all loved it so we will probably be back for the next one together 🙂 (if they still like to wait for me while I am asking so many things to the beauty stands haha).

 

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Here is what I found 😀

– A beautiful see-through hand bag (I have no idea how I am going to wear it but I am excited about the idea !!

– A magic oil, which is a mixture of Olive oil, Tee leaves and Green tea powder, but which smells like Frangipani oil or Ylang Ylang oil, so weird but lovely 🙂

– Green tea powder, to make my own mixture … 🙂 (I will let you know)

– A vintage ring

– Millions of Business cards !

– A soft green tee-shirt

– Two cute baskets

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Next vintage lovers meeting: October 20th from 11am – 7pm !

Flea Market – District 7

 

L’O de Provence, Beauty Brand Discovery :)

Hi everyone ! 🙂

I didn’t have much time and motivation these last month to write in my Frenchy Diary. But today I am back to tell you about a new French beauty start-up brand called: L’Ô de Provence  from Aix en Provence in France.

Earlier in June, I was invited to the Organic and Natural Beauty Show in London (Website). A great opportunity for me as I discovered a lot of new beauty brands and tons of new products, always more innovatives. All the brands I have met were organic, which is really good and also a big interest of mine. I was like a child between all these stands and new beauty brands’ names.

I  had the opportunity to meet beauty professionals as well, like Camille Roque, representative of the brand L’Ô de Provence at the event. Created in 2004, the founder Pierre Maillé chose to launch his natural skin care brand during the Organic and Natural Beauty Show, here in London. Why not? English people love French Cosmetics 😀

The power of L’Ô de Provence skin care products is its main component: Pristine water, which is one million times purer than spring water. This particularity respects the products’ natural actives and avoid the addition of a lot of preservatives.

The range of natural skin care products are made in Provence, thanks to local suppliers and authentic components like honey, argan oil or lavender. L’Ô de Provence’s preservatives are certified Ecocert because of their non-toxicity and tolerance.

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The products I tried contain between 98% and 99% natural ingredients, which is really good from my point of view.

– The Face Cream HYDRA PRECIEUSE, with organic honey from Provence.

– The Eye Care SERUM DE JOUVENCE, with organic argan oil.

– The Hand Cream NUTRI PERFECT, with organic honey from Provence.

I am not going to do the description of the three products but I am going to give you my opinions about them, which will give you a better insight 🙂 However, if you are interested in the descriptions, you will find everything on the website HERE !

For the face cream HYDRA PRECIEUSE, first of all, I found the texture very enjoyable: soft, smooth and light. The smell as well is very light and not “too much” compared to a lot of cream in the beauty marketplace nowadays. The application on the face is very easy as the texture is not thick and is penetrating well. At first sight, the texture looks quite weird, but once you touch it with your fingers, it becomes really smooth. It makes me think of the Caudalie serum, which I found really great! 🙂

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I am not a great fan of eye care because I usually never have time to put some eye cream in the morning. However, I have to say that the Eye Care SERUM DE JOUVENCE is enjoyable to apply . I have tried it few times and the texture is similar to the face cream, but more liquid. Same packaging and smell! I don’t really feel I have shadows under my eyes, so I didn’t notice a difference except the day after a night out :).

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I really like the packaging of the Hand Cream NUTRI PERFECT. It looks professional, classy and designed at the same time. Actually, the gold touch in all the three products look good, it brings relevance and credibility to the brand. The size of the hand cream is very practical, and the 35ml countenance is enough. The texture of the product is thicker than the two other creams, but quite easy to penetrate as well.

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L’Ô de Provence is not yet sold in shops because it is very recent. However do not hesitate to contact them through their website here.

Have a nice day 🙂