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2021 – THE YEAR OF LITTLE BIG WEDDINGS

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With a large numbers of couples postponing their weddings last year, this wedding season is expected to be the biggest we’ve even seen. Even though the COVID-19 regulations are still quite strict, there are some celebrations waiting to be held since last year and we cannot wait any longer. So what is 2021 going to bring us? Fully booked outdoor locations? Guests not coming because of the restrictions? New delays and expectations?

Planning any kind of event now is a real headache! But look at the bright side, now you have a legit excuse to not invite some people you would have “had to”. This year is the perfect opportunity for a small but elegant wedding. Our motto for 2021 is “Less is More“!

Because some couples have been planning to throw a big party for more than a year it might be hard to find a venue for your little celebration, but there are always alternatives. Especially so if you are only allowed to invite up to 15 people.

Our recipe for the perfect wedding is renting a small house somewhere next to a lake and enjoying this moment with your closest friends.

Here’s a list of things you should be looking for to throw the perfect party:

  1. Search for the place with a big enough garden
  2. Make sure the neighbors in that location know what you are planning and will not call the police (this can really happen in Switzerland!)
  3. Do not forget the makeup and hair! Even if it is a small celebration you would still want to look flawless in your wedding pictures.
  4. Order some flowers to decorate as well as your bouquet
  5. Stock up on Champagne and delicious food

We hope this list inspires you to not delay your special day any longer and get down to planning. If you need any help with the third step Glow Concierge is always there to help! For weddings and special occasions our providers can often drive beyond their regions of availability that you can see on the website. So if you are not sure what you need or how to plan it, write us an email and we will organise everything for you! You can also schedule a trial appointment to see which sort of style you want without stressing about it on your big day.

P.S. There’s more about weddings and our services coming on our social media. Subscribe to our Instagram or Facebook channels not to miss it.

MAKING THE SWITCH TO NATURAL HAIRCARE? 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FIRST

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As the founder of nul, a no-nonsense natural personal care brand, I speak with many clients who want to make the switch to more natural products.

For a good reason, too! At their best, natural products:

  • Are more environmentally friendly
  • Don’t use potentially harmful chemicals
  • Nourish your skin and hair with many beneficial plant extracts
  • Often have plastic-free packaging

However, there are also some things to be aware of when making the switch. Here are the top 5 things you should know before making the switch to natural haircare.

1.    Is it really natural?

Natural beauty is a hot trend right now, and with this comes greenwashing. Many brands claim they have 100% naturally-derived products, but it’s not the case when you look closer. 

Take one of the most common ingredients for shampoo bars: sodium cocoyl isethionate (SCI). While it may be derived from plant oils, it’s not a natural product. The process to make SCI requires harmful chemicals, which are also used in processing crude oil. 

The easiest way to know if a product is really natural is to look out for a COSMOS certification from BDiH, EcoCert, or Natrue. 

However, many small producers can’t afford the certification. So if you’re looking to buy from an indie brand, ask them if their products comply with the COSMOS-standard.

2.    No more silicones

Natural products don’t contain silicones because they don’t biodegrade in the environment. Products containing silicones coat your hair and skin with a thin layer of plastic. This can make it feel great: smooth, soft, strong and “repaired”. This is why silicones are found everywhere in the beauty industry.

However, although your hair and skin might feel great, silicones aren’t doing you any favours. It can build up on your scalp and strands, making it look greasy and heavy. If you don’t use a clarifying shampoo regularly, it can also coat the strands so well that it doesn’t allow any hydration to penetrate your strands, drying them out over time.

Despite this, people find it hard to leave silicones behind as they are so used to their effect. When making the switch to natural products, be aware that there will be an adjustment period where you get accustomed to seeing your hair in its natural state and not covered in plastic.

3.    It’s not safe just because it’s natural

There is the perception that natural automatically means its safe. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. I look on in horror when I see people coat their skin in (or even drink!) undiluted essential oils – it’s a recipe for an allergic reaction.

Nature is amazing and it’s capable of producing a lot of powerful ingredients and compounds. When not used with consideration, these compounds can be harmful. It’s, for this reason, there are strict rules about the use of essential oils and plant extracts in products. In general, most oils are safe at a 1% usage ratio. All commercial products will follow these rules, but you may run into problems with some indie beauty brands. To be on the safe side, ask them if a certified chemist has approved their products. This is a legal requirement in Switzerland and Europe, and all reputable brands get their products certified. 

And please, never use undiluted essential oil no matter what anyone tells you!

4.    pH is important

Any product containing water or mixed with water has a pH level. This includes shampoo, soap, conditioner (even in bar form), and most styling products.

The pH level of your skin is typically around 5.5, and the pH of your hair can be as low as 3.5.

pH levels are particularly important for hair as it’s not a living organism. It’s made up of “dead” cells. While your skin can be exposed to a range of pH levels and recover it’s natural pH level quite easily, your hair cannot regulate its pH levels.

As your hair is acidic, if you expose it to something alkaline (like soap) the cuticles on your hair can raise – allowing moisture (and color if you have color-treated hair) to escape and giving your hair a rough and dry appearance.

A good shampoo and conditioner will have an acidic pH between 5.5 and 4.5. This acidity seals the cuticle, trapping moisture and color and giving your hair a shiny appearance. 

As a general rule, don’t use soap on your hair. If you absolutely must, ensure you rinse it with diluted vinegar afterwards to re-seal the cuticle.

But what I really recommend is finding a pH-balanced shampoo and conditioner instead.

5.    Less can be more, but not always

There is a perception with natural products that the shorter the ingredients list, the better. Many commercial products are unnecessarily complicated, and the long ingredients list can hide many harmful chemicals. 

However, there are many wonderful natural active ingredients out there that can greatly improve your hair’s health and appearance. And it would be a shame to miss out on them just for a shorter ingredients list.

Instead of just looking at the length of the ingredients list, look at why each ingredient is there. With increasing consumer mistrust, more and more ethical brands are disclosing why they use each ingredient. At nul, we even have a page for each ingredient that explains why we use it, where it comes from, whether it’s vegan, and how it scores on the environmental working group scale.

Making the switch to natural hair care is not always easy, but it’s worth it for you and our planet’s long-term health. I hope this post makes it easier to switch in the right way. 

Thanks for reading, and please reach out if you have any questions.

And if you want to try a shampoo that’s truly natural, silicone-free, safe, pH-balanced and contains active ingredients, check out our range of shampoo bars.

Katie

About the author

Katie Cullen Montgomerie has worked in technology marketing for the past 10 years. Before founding Nul she was the head of marketing and communications at a top Swiss start-up. 

Working in technology, she saw a large number of start-ups working to solve environmental issues. In stark contrast, the personal and household care industry has stagnated with little innovation.

With an MBA and a passion for green chemistry-based natural cosmetics, Katie decided to challenge the status quo. In 2020 she founded nul, a not-just-for-profit company bringing sustainable products to consumers in Switzerland and the world.

About nul

nul is a not-just-for-profit company with the mission to make the personal and household care industry more sustainable by offering eco-friendly alternatives that actually work.

No water. No plastic. No toxins. No nonsense.

PRODUCTS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT

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Since starting Glow Concierge I have focused a little more on looking after my skin! I am never going to be someone that wears full make up and has flawless hair every day…as much as I’ve tried, but as I’ve got older I have realised that looking after my skin is a necessity! As much as I’d love a facial with Andrei every week…or every day, these are slightly more realistic options! I do try and have a facial once a month as a bit of a treat though!

I have put together a list of the beauty products that I absolutely love, they are my go to products for every day.

  1. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – a super fine exfoliant that can be used every day without being too harsh on your skin. I use this alongside Dermalogica Pre Cleanser and Special Cleansing Gel. Ever since Laura introduced me to this brand (she is working mostly with their products), I fell in love. These products are not too expensive and they don’t test on animals. Their packaging is 90% recycled too and almost all of the products are classified as vegan.
  2. Boots UK Day & Night Cream – an old favourite that I’ve used for 20 years. I have to pick it up in England, I haven’t discovered anywhere in Switzerland that sells it. It’s such a good price for an amazing product.
  3. L’Oreal Paris Purple Shampoo – I have tried so so many and this one is hands down the best.
  4. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream – literally transforms your skin, such a great product.
  5. Bobbi Brown BB Cream – the only makeup I wear…unless Aleksandra is doing it for me!
  6. Sunday Rain Body Scrub – I love all their products, it’s my favourite brand for bath products. All cruelty free and vegan and I love the packaging, simple and looks pretty!
  7. La Prairie Skin Caviar – I bought this as a birthday present years ago and was converted! It’s probably the only really expensive product that I use, I love the ritual of applying it, they have other versions which are simpler but I really love this one with the little spoon.
  8. Aesop Exfolioating Hand Wash – I am obsessed with this, in this day and age when you’re washing your hands 100 times a day, a good soap is a must. I love the exfoliant in this, I end up washing my hands for so long while I scrub away at the back of my hands!
  9. Bio Oil Dry Skin Gel – I have the driest skin, especially in winter, I started using this when I was pregnant when I got through so so much of it…it seemed to work, zero stretch marks! Now I use it just the once a day instead of obsessively!

IS IT TIME FOR THE ROARING 20s 2.0

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There’s a lot of speculation in the media about this magical “post pandemic” world that everybody has been looking forward to so much. The question is: what will it look like? Will we stay forever cautious of close contact and social situations? Or will global society come back to “normal”? Some experts are even convinced that our world is about to enter a completely new unpredictable stage…

Social distancing, mask wearing, continuous disinfection of every surface – all these things have become a part of our everyday routine and are very likely to stay there. It is said that the world will never be as free as it was – individuals will take caution in talking with strangers, reconsider their lifestyles and be less likely to engage in “one-night-stands”.

However, there is also the completely opposite scenario in the media. In this case the Covid-19 pandemic is often compared to the Spanish Flu. After the world recovered from one of the deadliest pandemics, closing following on the shirt tails of one of the world’s deadliest conflicts,  a decade of consumerism, new music, fashion, freedom, glittering excesses and self gratification set in. The dawn of the Jazz Age. F. Scott Fitzgerald called it ‘the most expensive orgy in history’.

The roaring 20s, or an era of champagne, as it is sometimes called, was not only the time of crazy parties that we’ve read about in The Beautiful & the Damned and The Great Gatsby but also of a new and constantly changing fashion.

What trends can we expect to see in 2021? The annus horribles that was 2020 is over. We need to embrace colour, glitter and all that is gold! Expect to see colour blocking, bold lips and dramatic eyes.

In times of hardship, sales of beauty products traditionally soar. This is particularly true for lipstick. A bold, bright lip can transform you! Channel your inner goddess with classic red, be it matte, glossy or glitter!

With masks and facial coverings being the norm these days, it’s only your eyes that can express you in public. Shimmery green, bold orange and hot pink are all set to be trends for 2021, just look at what the models at Tom Ford and Burberry were wearing!

Even though the pandemic is still not over, we can already see the longing of individuals for social events and new activities. A good example is the Chinese Spring Festival, which is held every year and is famous as a time for major movie premiers and shopping. Even though the places in the theaters were limited to 50% capacity all the tickets for this week were sold out! The supermarkets have experienced a flow of great number of customers despite the suggestion of the government to “stay home”. The ski resorts are full and people are desperate to get back to some form of normality.

As people return to the work place, so will they return to after work drinks and dinners and dancing.

We at Glow Concierge are hoping that the prediction of a roaring 20s part 2 will come true and very soon all of us will be able to have the time of our lives. Until then, we would recommend you to enjoy this time at home: take a bath, order a massage, read a book, have a fitness session in your garden. Our providers are always here to pamper you whenever you feel the urge for some self care.

K-BEAUTY TRENDS

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10 step skin care routine

The beauty routine of many Koreans is based on ancient traditions. They use only natural, gentle ingredients to achieve clear and glowy skin, which make K- Beauty trends so popular today. Finding a Korean woman without perfectly flawless skin is practically impossible. Have you wondered why? It’s because Korean women invest in their skin, not just money but time too.

Unfortunately, these women do not achieve such results without effort. The appearance is the ultimate investment for them. Many Korean women have a 10 step skin care routine. It is performed on a daily basis and goes somewhat like this:

  1. Balm or oil cleanser
  2. Foaming cleanser
  3. Peeling
  4. Toner
  5. Essence
  6. Serum
  7. Sheet Mask
  8. Eye Cream
  9. Moisturiser
  10. Night Cream/ Mask

What is ‘slugging’?

A new version of Step 10 has recently emerged  amongst beauty lovers; covering the face in Vaseline or thick petroleum jelly and sleeping in it in a bid to wake up with perfect, glowing skin. The Korean trend, known as ‘slugging’, coats the face in a thick layer which imitates the slick, slimy trails left behind by a garden slug. The next morning you just wash it off with your regular cleanser and end up with perfect, glowing skin!

The Results

For those of you with oily skin, you may be a little skeptical at first but bear with me! I thought I’d try this for 7 days and see what all the fuss was about. By day 3 I was a convert, my skin already looked brighter and more hydrated. I was genuinely stunned by the difference it made, after 7 days my skin felt softer and plumper to the touch, the results were brilliant and Vaseline is so cheap compared to other moisturizers. I’ll definitely keep ‘slugging’. I won’t do it every night because going to bed slimy isn’t the most pleasant feeling, but I’ll try to include it once or twice a week, maybe more in winter when my skin is insanely dry.

MICRONEEDLING

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So, what exactly is microneedling?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive skincare treatment that stimulates “wound healing,” or the body’s natural reaction to produce collagen. Microneedling has been around for centuries, most commonly as acupuncture. This modern version didn’t really take off until the early 2000s and has since been taking the beauty world by storm.

The benefits make microneedling worth the splurge. This treatment boosts collagen, promotes healthy circulation, and helps to tighten and lift skin. Microneedling is also the ideal way to treat dreaded scarring from acne, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and even stretch marks. Count me in!

Before having my appointment, I made sure that my face was thoroughly clean without a trace of makeup, I hardly ever wear makeup so that was an easy one! Once I was comfortably lying down and wrapped up nice and warm under a blanket, Monique explained the whole treatment before getting started.

The tool that was used looks like a large pen, so you don’t actually see any needles. Monique started by applying a serum, she started on my forehead and then worked in sections on my face, the serum is packed with vitamins so that the skin absorbs the benefits throughout the process. I was expecting it to be quite painful so was pleasantly surprised to find that apart from the odd sensitive area like the upper lip and cheekbones, it wasn’t too bad at all. Honestly, no part of my face actually hurt until my upper lip, and even then, the pain was tolerable, she did that area really quickly so it was over almost before it began. This is generally a more sensitive area on your face anyways, so it makes sense!

After Monique had finished my entire face, she applied a cooling and calming mask for 10 minutes to help reduce inflammation and redness, this felt so good! The final step was to apply a calming cream and I was officially good to go.

She explained after the importance of wearing sunscreen and gave me a small sample of SPF50 in case I didn’t have any myself.

I have to say I was expecting to look quite alarming and have no chance of going outside for a good 24 hours but in fact I was quite shocked (in a good way!), when I looked in the mirror, I was a little red but it didn’t look too bad at all, I actually went out after and didn’t get any strange looks.

The first 2 hours after the appointment, my face was a little tender, it felt a bit like wind burn but after a couple of hours I didn’t notice it at all.

For me the biggest thing I noticed was my pores look smaller which is exactly what I wanted. I didn’t have any side effects although I’ve heard that some people do break out a few days after.

HOW FREQUENTLY SHOULD YOU BE MICRONEEDLING?

According to Monique, for best results you should have 3 treatments, a month or so apart, after that, once a year is enough.

HALLOWEEN

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The spookiest occasion of the year is just around the corner so, let’s talk Halloween. Have you got your costume ready, have you thought about your make up yet? How are you going to style your hair?

Did you know, this year Halloween is on a Saturday, it’s going to be a super rare Full Blue Moon AND it’s daylight saving so that means an extra hour of partying! The trifecta of Halloween awesomeness!

It’s never too soon to start planning! Here’s some inspiration for you!

The Day of the Dead is always a Winner!

Put those “Poor Unfortunate Souls” to shame by channeling your inner sea witch.

Who better to dress as than Wednesday Addams herself!

Maybe you know exactly what you’ll be wearing and how you want your hair and makeup or perhaps you need some help. We are always available to help you decide on the perfect look for you. Send us an email at info@glowconcierge.ch to discuss your Halloween needs.

BRAUTFRISUREN INSPIRATION

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Das Jahr 2020 hat für uns alle wohl eine etwas andere Wendung genommen, als erwartet. So mussten beispielsweise viele Hochzeiten auf 2021 verschoben werden, was für das Brautpaar und alle Beteiligten natürlich alles andere als einfach ist. Und trotzdem gibt es einige wenige glückliche Brautpaare, die trotz aller Widrigkeiten in den kommenden Wochen und Monaten den Bund fürs Leben eingehen.

Wir haben beobachtet, dass die Brautfrisuren aktuell deutlich schlichter werden und viele Bräute sich bewusst für Natürlichkeit und Schnörkellosigkeit entscheiden.

Der lockere Dutt oder leichte Locken sind gerade total im Trend, da viele Bräute die traditionellen oder übertrieben “frisierten” Frisuren eher meiden.

Total angesagt ist beispielsweise der Flecht-Look. Es gibt so viele Möglichkeiten, einen Zopf ins Haar zu integrieren. “Crown Braids” sind beispielsweise einer unserer Favoriten, denn es ist eine schöne Frisur, die leger oder total chic getragen werden kann, also perfekt für jede Braut!

Mit Accessoires verziertes Haar ist auch immer noch sehr beliebt. Von Blumenkränzen bis hin zu klassischen Diademen, wir lieben sie alle. Braut-Haarschmuck gibt es in alles Formen und Varianten. 

Der Bohemian Look ist da wesentlich entspannter und sieht fast so aus, als könnte man es selbst machen. Aber glaubt uns liebe Bräute: Ihr wollt einen Profi an eurem perfekten Tag. Manchmal sind es die scheinbar schlichten Looks, die am meisten Aufwand erfordern! Der Bohemian Look ist perfekt für eine Hochzeit am Strand oder eine rustikalere Hochzeit in den Bergen.

Egal nach was euch ist, unsere Profis zaubern euch immer den perfekten Look. Geht auf unsere Website und App und bucht euch einen Probe-Termin. 

MY PROFASHIONALS – FRISCHE IDEEN FÜR DEINEN STYLE

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WARUM?

Du hast nicht viel Zeit zum Shoppen, möchtest aber dennoch stets gut gestylt sein? Du hast zwar massenhaft Kleider im Schrank, jedoch passt nichts zusammen?
Oft hilft schon eine Neuorientierung, Ideen wie man verschiedene Teile miteinander kombinieren kann, oder einfach mal ausmisten!
Und das geht am einfachsten, wenn dir ein persönlicher Stylist zur Seite steht. Bislang war allgemein bekannt, dass sich dies nur Gutbetuchte oder Stars leisten können – bis jetzt!!!!

WIE FUNKTIONIERT ES ?

Die Online-Platform von myProfashional.com bietet Personal Shopping, Stilberatung und Kleiderschrank Detox für Alle, auch für ein kleines Portemonnaie! Auf einer Plattform, einfach zu handhaben und mit wenigen Klicks buchbar. Der Kunde kann sich auf dem digitalen Marktplatz verschiedene Profile mit Fotos und Bewertungen von Stylistin und Influencern anschauen, um den passenden Stilberater für sich zu finden.
Nach der Buchung online trifft man sich entweder auf eine Shoppingtour oder beim Kunden zuhause. Die Fashion-Profis bringen viel Inspiration und frische Ideen mit und beraten den Kunden mit Styling-Tipps und individuell zusammengestellten Outfits. die Profashionals sind authentische und glaubwürdige Modeexperten, die kompetent beraten und zwar unabhängig von irgendwelchen Marken oder Fashion-Shops.

WIE BEZAHLE ICH ?

Bezahlt wird nach der Shoppingtour oder dem Kleiderschrank-Detox wie bei einer UBER Fahrt. Einfach mit der Kreditkarte und dabei wird nur die effektive Zeit berechnet. Eine Stunde mit den Profashionals kann ab 30 Franken gebucht werden

WO ?

Bis jetzt bietet myProfasionals ihren Service in verschiedenen Schweizer Städten, sowie in Mailand und Berlin an.

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MY PROFASHIONALS – FRESH IDEAS FOR YOUR STYLE

WHY?

You don’t have much free time and still want to have the perfect outfit for every day? You have a closet full of nothing to wear? Often, all you need is a fresh view on your style, new ideas on how to combine different pieces with each other, or just a complete clean up of your wardrobe. So how about a stylist? You think that only the well-to-do or celebrities can afford this? Not anymore:

HOW IT WORKS:

The online platform myProfashional.com offers personal shopping, style advice and wardrobe detox for everyone, even on a small budget. All on one platform, easy to use and bookable with just a few clicks. You can browse different profiles with photos and reviews of each stylist or influencer to find the right fashion guide for you. After the online booking, you either meet in the city for a shopping trip or at home. The stylist comes prepared with a lot of inspiration and fresh ideas and shares styling tips and outfit tailored to your personal needs.
Professionals are authentic and credible fashion experts who give competent advice, independent of any brand or retailer.

HOW DO I PAY?

Payment is made right after the shopping tour or wardrobe detox, just like after an UBER ride. Simply use your credit card and you will be charged only for the actual time tracked by the Professional. Prices start from as low as CHF 30 per hour.

WHERE?

At the moment, myProfashional offers their service in various Swiss cities as well as in Milan and Berlin.

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