Category: Beauty

Ineo Switzerland

Hi Guys,

Hoping you are all doing well! I just had a really busy period of press trips and shoots, but I am great! I want to tell you more about Ineo Switzerland in this blogpost, a new brand focused on skincare for men. It all started with an idea and vision of a brother & sister who saw an opportunity in the men’s cosmetics/skincare.

In Latin it means ‘ I understand, I launch myself into’ Get started and take care of yourself. Ineo Switzerland uses wealth of natural resources in Switzerland which makes the products even more environmentally friendly.

Ineo Switzerland and their commitment:

Promise: The Science & Natural alliance at the service of efficiency!

Style: Resolutely masculine style packages, designed for travel, bathroom or sport. Light, practical and hygienic to better protect your products.

Digital: Available online so that you can have them 24 by 7, save time and get them at the best possible price.

I started to use their range of products this month and can already tell that I noticed improvements on my skin. The 3 most common products that I use are the Face moisturizer , Multi-actions serum and the eye contour which I will tell you more about.

Face moisturizer

The Face moisturizer from Ineo is perfect for daily use and I apply this on a clean face in the morning. It keeps my face 24 hours hydrated and has this fresh and light texture which makes it perfect for the spring/summer season. Composed of hyaluronic acid, as well as its dedicated complex of fruit extracts: apple for hydration, peach for purification and grapefruit for a tonic early morning !

Eye contour

The eye contour is perfect for daily use in combination with the Moisturizer or Serum that you apply in the morning. The eye contour is a fresh serum that you apply underneath your eyes when you think your face needs a little boost after travels or a long night. The eye contour serum has no perfume or shine added and penetrates quickly and has an immediate effect. Without forgetting its masculine plant complex, which aims to be soothing and activator of micro-circulation. The end effect is that you have brighter eyes and less darker circles beneath your eyes.

Face Serum Multi-Actions

I use this Face serum on a daily morning routine after washing my face. This Multi-Action Face Serum provides my skin with a protective and non shiny film. The Multi Action Serum does not have the texture of a cream neither a cream or a gel, only the concentration of daily benefits. precious red snow algae, blackcurrant buds extracts and of course hyaluronic acid are at the heart of this Serum. I already could tell differences of my skin within 2 days. The Serum helps my skin to revitalize and focus on flexibility.

I use the products on a daily base and could really recommend these products to men. The products show their affect within 48 hours already.

Laurent Sebastian

Conclusion

As a modern men who is really active on skincare I would definitely recommend these products. Especially the 3 products that I mentioned in this blogpost are beneficial for your skin on a daily base. If you want a fresh, flexible and vitamin boost for your skin these are the right products, also to prevent eye puffiness.

You can find more information about Ineo Switzerland and their products by clicking here.

All the best,

Laurent

La Bastide de Gordes X Laurent Sebastian

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is having a great summer and is enjoying the travel season. I just travelled back to the French Provence to enjoy time with my friends and some business. Honestly if you never been to the Provence I would strongly recommend you to plan it asap. The Provence is even more beautiful and less commercial then the French Riviera. During my holiday here I was lucky to be invited by the 5 star premium Hotel La Bastide de Gordes. This Hotel is completely redone and opened its doors to the public in 2017. The Hotel has an amazing view in the Valey of Gordes and uses the beauty products from Sisley Paris. I had the oppertunity to explore the Spa combined with a lunch and overnight stay. Let’s start with the Sisley Spa.

 

If you book a treatment at the Spa, you can enjoy the relaxation area which offers many facilities including:

  • Outdoor care and treatments, on a private terrace,
  • An exceptional terrace overlooking the Luberon valley,
  • A beautiful indoor pool,
  • A fantastic hammam,
  • A sauna,
  • Sensory showers,
  • A rest area,
  • A tea room,
  • A functional and well-equipped fitness room.

 

 

Lunch at  L’Orangerie

After the Spa i was invited with my team to have lunch at L’Orangerie which is runned by a Chef with three Michelin stars. ( Promising to be very good)! La Bastide de Gordes’s Orangerie restaurant serves meals in typical Provencal style in a bistro setting with a selection of Mediterranean products. Alternatively, you dine in the open air on the Orangerie’s veranda. The restaurant has a unique ambiance thanks to its ceiling with exposed beams, large windows and the surrounding greenery, all in keeping with our 5 Star Luxury Hotel’s reputation. We started the Lunch with a class of champagne followed with an Octopussy starter. This actually had a great taste and it was my first time that i ate octopussy.  The second meal was a sea bass with traditional seasonal spices, for me it was to much spices as the flavor of the Salmon was completely gone. The dessert was lovely as it was traditional French pastry, i am telling you this was amazing. ( See Photo’s). Lunch at L’Orangerie guarantees a pure gastronomic treat.

 

 

Little snacks before starting with the entree .

The lunch included a starter Octopussy with local vegtables from the French Provence. This was a very tastefull starter as the octopus had a crispy touch. After that we got a sea bass which was finished with local spices and and local vegtables aswell. The dessert was a cake with a vanille inside which was heaven on earth to be honest! The texture was soft and it just melt on your tongue. And ofcourse we finished this dessert with a lovely espresso.

 

 

The view & Conclusion

The view from the Spa and L’Orangerie is just outstanding. It has so much peace and it gives you this extra feeling of privacy. The staff at the L’Orangerie bistro is on a next level and really wants to you give you an outstanding experience. You can really notice that they know what dishes they are serving and which wine could fit with the dish you are eating. We really had the best view from our table and I personally could not have wished for more. See the photo’s below for more view impressions at L’Orangerie and the Sisley Spa. My overal experience was good, the lunch was very nice and the staff there really did a good job. However i did notice that the management here has really problems with communication and satisfy customers. They do try to charge you for several things which are not really common such as welcoming drinks. Apart from that the staff in the Spa was not the best in hosting guests or welcoming you. ( This must change as customers are paying big money for the Spa and a Hotel room). A member of my team is a resedential in this village and was not treated in the best way. But overal this was just a small issue we did enjoy our day together.

Outfit Details

Polo by: Drycorn

Pants: Nikolaj D’Etoiles

Bag: Hermes birkin HAC

( Click on the brands to get more information)

 

Hotel Links

L’Orangerie

Spa Sisley

Hotel La Bastide de Gordes

Or follow my experience by #ACmemories on Instagram

 

 

Hope you liked this blogpost

 

Best,

 

Laurens

Care X Laurent Sebastian

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and holidays. Speaking about summer… We love to take care a little bit more of our skin in the summer season to protect our skin to the sun and refresh it with shower products. Albert Heijn the Netherlands introduced are brand new line called Care. This line includes shower products, cremes and several health supplements for both women and men.

 

In collaboration with Alberth Heijn i started to try out the showergel and bodylotion. The shower gel has a great scent and refreshes the body followed by a nice body lotion to keep the skin hydrated ( Especially in summer). The great thing is that the price and quality balance is perfect. The products are meant to be for every budget and people who want a quick skin or shower product without to much of a struggle.

 

 

You can find more information about Care by clicking here

 

All the best,

 

Laurent

Jo Malone London X Laurent Sebastian

Hey everyone,

 

Today I will introduce you to the world of colognes and perfumes. I think most of you already knew that I was a jacket and bag collector and that I own too many from both. BUT I am also a huge collector of Colognes and perfumes for myself. I love to smell good and I have an emotional connection with every scent it which will probably sound ‘Cliché’. To me a certain scent reminds you of a memory or experience in life or perhaps a person that you know or just to know. And it is the hardest thing to find the right scent for yourself as everyone has a different skin. In this blogpost I give you a little preview of 2/3 of my fragrance collection. And it is a little mix of everything.

 

 

For this blogpost I collaborated with Jo Malone London which is known British bespoke fragrances. For your home, for her or for him. And the best thing is that it comes in an amazing luxurious box! To me the fragrances of Jo Malone London are elegant and absolutely timeless and the products are luxurious. This makes it different from commercial brands and their strategy. But enough, let’s talk about my scent!

I got the Oud & Bergamot from the Cologne intense collection by Jo Malone. Restraint and class are the key words here. Really earthy, mysterious, by soon woody (almost raucous), sparkling (a classic citric approach counteracting in the meanwhile the raw upcoming woodiness) and angular juice since the first moments of the spray. The vibrant combination of the two main elements is exotic and somewhat dandy (in a fresh, elusive, Latin and virile way) an interesting minimalistic take on citric oud, alluring, classic, sexy and fascinating. I personally combine this scent with the molecule 01 from Skins Cosmetics to give it an extra intense but yet elegant touch. (It also makes the scent last longer).

Part of my collection includes standard fragrances such as:

Hermes terre d’hermes ( My number 1 )

Chanel Blue

Dior Homme intense

Gentlemen Givenchy

Burberry

Skins cosmetics molecule 01

Maison Margiela fragrances:

  • Burning Wood and chestnet
  • Heady Cocktails and cigars
  • Shaded and flowered paths

Hope you enjoyed this post!

 

Best,

 

Laurent

 

Hospitales San Roque beauty treatments

Hey Guys!

 

As you all have seen i was visiting Gran Canaria last week for a press trip with several Hotel & Spa organisations. You could actually say that i was on a beauty trip for men. Which includes massages, wellness treatmens and awesome diners! But there was also on visit to an organisation that i wanted to highlight on my blog, my visit to Hospitales San Roque in Las Palmas. San Roque Hospital in Las Palmas is located in the district of Vegueta, is the leading health center on Gran Canaria. With a history of spanning back nearly a century, the hospital offers its experience serving the community of Las Palmas combined with modern facilities and state-of-the-art technology! Making it one of the best and modern hospitals on this island.

One thing that i noticed during my tour through the Hospital is that it is actually devided on several buildings on 15,000 square meter which makes it like a small village. So after my tour it was time to meet my doctor for the day and have a little talk about the Hospital itselve and the treatments that i was planning to do. I was introduced to DR Jaime Ospina Molina. Honestly one of the best guys i ever met on professional and private level.

Dr Jaime Ospina Molina is specialized in:

Personalized cosmetics and dermopharmacy

Correcting lines and wrinkles

Radio frequency combined with mesotherapy

Correcting lines and wrinkles

Personalized cosmetics and dermopharmacy

 

San Roque offers a wide range of non surigical treatments which are safe and have no risks 🙂

 

After talking with my doctor it was time for a skin analysis of my face, to be honest my face was kind of red from the sun that i took the day before my visit. So i had to tell my doctor this. After some seconds he asked me if i ever thought of Botox. My first thought was well but on a natural way. So this was just a botox to relax my nerves in my jaw and forehead. ( Has a result for 6 months and has no risks) Just be honest and always tell your medical history before doing it. Such as allergies that you deal with, this is important to prevent an allergic reaction to botox.

 

The other treatment that was offered was the Radio frequency combined with mesotherapy

 

This novel technique re-hydrates the skin and restores the elasticity lost with aging.  It involves infiltrating hyalouronic acid in the skin along with a multivitamin complex.  With this treatment we quickly and safely obtain deep hydration, producing smoother, brighter skin. Moreover, after several treatments, the method increases the activity of fibroblasts, providing a healthy, fresh and youthful appearance. Honestly it was a facial mask for 20 minutes and my skin was on it’s best afterwards! 🙂

Fractional Laser

Wrinkle removal and skin resurfacing rejuvenation using a laser is an accurate and effective method that produces long-lasting results.  The CO2 laser precisely and uniformly removes the sourface of the skin, layer by layer, making it possible to clearly define and select the desired depth of resurfacing (a tool of vital importance when it comes to treating wrinkles and other skin conditions such as acne scars, crow’s feet, etc.).  CO2 is the most effective ablative resurfacing method. But i was not able to catch sun after this unfortunately 🙁

 

I think the whole experience in general was very positive to me! I got to know the medical world a little bit more and got suprised by what there actually is out there on te market. People always asume that Botox is the only solution for a never ending youth. But there is more and it doesnt has to be done with an injection. But as my age is 25 and you want to prevent wrinkles or other skin conditions you have to start with these treatments when you are fully comfortable and want to prevent deeper skin wrinkles in the future.

 

 

 

Hope you enjoyed my blog

 

Best,

 

Laurent

 


 

 

 

 

Gran Canaria X GC Wellness press trip

 Hi Guys!

Most of you probably saw that my team and i were on a press trip in Gran Canaria. I personally visited the Spanish islands very often when i was young. ( To skip winter in Europe 🙂  I always wanted to go back as the islands have given me joyfull memories! And now it was finally happening.

I was checking the weather forecast beforehand but it wasn’t looking that great. I will tell you more about that later.

We flew from Eindhoven Airport to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria airport. The flight was business class and was pretty smooth for a flight of 4 hours. Once arrived we were hosted by our transfer ( 24/7 available driver) who was booked for my stay. So she was my personal assistant for the stay in Gran Canaria. Fancy me lol. She was absolutely friendly and fun to talk with, and the weather was actually amazing aswell as it was sunny with clear skies. ( So guys never trust to much on weather forecasts). The whole transport and service was absolutely outstanding. There was actually a customized map for my whole team in Gran Canaria with my name on it ‘Laurent Sebastian press trip’.

Our hosting resort was a 1 hour drive as it was located in the deep south of the islands. This was actually a positive thing as the island has a micro climate. This means that it has diffirent climates on the island, snow meets sun etc. We were directly brought to the Gloria Palace Royal Hotel & Spa and thankfully we had the evening off of arrival. We started the first evening with an ‘A la Carte’ menu at a michelen holding restaurant within the hotel. It had 7 cources which was a little to much, but absolutely top of the level food! After that it was time to take a long rest as i travelled so much lately that i forget to take a rest sometimes. The Gloria Palace Royal Hotel & Spa is a 4 star resort in an amazing location in Gran Canaria. The service was outstanding and the hygiene was on a top level. Ps all rooms have seaside views. Our room was pretty big with a big balcony with sunset view! So time for a timelapse!. As GCwellness was my organiser or the trip ( Spa trip), they had an amazing Spa in the Hotel. On the next day i started the day with an outdoor gym session and after a ‘Hot stone massage in the spa offered by the Hotel manager’. One word: Amazing! i felt like a newborn! The Hotel has 2 heated pools to make it more pleasant in the low season.

 

( View from our suite, i will mis this every evening)

 

At night we tried the main restaurant. VIP table with the best view reserved. The cuisin was french/oriental inspired and of course delicious. We had no wished left unfulfilled.Also the breakfast, which is always the most important meal for me and my team was amazing! From fresh fruits,pancakes to any egg dish of your choice, there was nearly everything.

Now i want to say something about the weather, we had 2 days of very sunny weather! The rest of the stay was mixed with clouds and very windy days. The best time for travelling to Gran Canaria is from the end of april to october! So we were a little bit early, but still no complains!

Everyday we had a full schedule with our transfer to visit different Spa’s in different Hotels on Gran Canaria. Followed by lunches with the Pr & marketing responsibles from the Hotels. This was actually very interesting and fun, to share ideas and get to know more about the heritage of each and every Hotel. One of the Hotels that we visited was Seasided Palm Beach. This was a 5 star Hotel located at the Dunes of Gran Canaria. This Hotel has individual rooms to offer to their guests. So different use of colors and materials. ( Some guests even ask to the certain room ). This Hotel has 5 stars and a very known tapas restaurant. ( Ofcourse we were having lunch there) The Hotel was retro/vintage inspired, as the interior was fully redone. More about this on my blog later.

On tuesday we were brought to the San Roque Hospital Maspaloma this is a very know hospital on Gran Canaria. They offer the best healthcare for the people on Gran Canaria and offer several treatments. Think about Botox, fillers etc. Once arrived i got a tour through the Hospital by one of the managers, after this i was introduced to the doctor who wanted to offer me treatments. ( After an intake and skin observation).  I was guided very professional through my treatments with an excellent service and very professional English. I started with a goldon mask which is a mask in 2 layers full with minirals and other skin enriching ingredients.

The other Hotel was named Be Cordial. This Hotel was near our hosting Hotel located in the south of the island. This Hotel was amazing to, they had special junior suites which had a private garden and large balcony. It really gave you that feeling as if you were in Cuba. This because they make use of several different colors on the construction of the houses. Like miami vice blue and yellow, And even lemon trees in your own garden. You know what they say ‘When life gives you lemons”. I visited their GC Wellness spa aswell, and i think this was one of the most beautiful pools that i’ve seen during my stay In Gran Canaria. See the photos later :).

Was it one of my best trips? Definitely! Why? Because the whole service and set up of the trip was absolutely outstanding! They had so much eye for personal service and wanted the best or nothing. Combined with the perfect service you can say that despite of the two days of bad weather we had the best holiday of our lives. Were the Hotels one of the best that we ever been to? Definitely!

We are very happy about this experience. And Gran Canaria is definitely worth a trip – no matter if for a active holiday or simply to escape the struggles of the everyday life. Here you can do definitely more than just relax 

 

 

 

 

Outift details

Sweater: Drycorn

Pants: BALR

Shoes: Comme des garçons

Trolley: Victorinox

 

You will find all information about the Hotels here:

 

Hosting Hotel

Gloria Palace Royal Hotel & Spa

More information here

 

 

Seaside Palm Beach

More information here

 

Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa

More information here

 

We hope you like our travel report.

 

Laurent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the last day the sun finally came back out and We can only tell you: That was paradise! The white beach, the by far most turquoise water that we had ever seen and palm trees wherever you look.

Combined with the perfect service you can say that despite of the two days of bad weather we had the best holiday of our lives. Was it the best hotel that we’ve ever been to? Definitely!

We are very happy about this experience. And the Maldives are definitely worth a trip – no matter if for a honeymoon or simply to escape the struggles of the everyday life. Here you can do definitely more than just relax 🙂

You will find all information about the resort here 🙂

We hope you like our travel report. If you have any questions regarding the Maldives, just post them in the comments below 🙂

 

All the best

 

Sandro & Daniel

A fresh start of 2018!

Hi guys,

I started the New Year quite good with a private Spa treatment in Belgium. (A secret of mine is that I’m a real hygiene freak and that I really feel disgust by sharing a pool or sauna with strangers.) I felt like I wanted to have a clean body mind and soul for 2018. The last year has been amazing to me and I couldn’t wish for a better progression, so I’m very positive about this year! I’m all focused on myself and my vision in life, I started to care less about others and their opinions. As I’m a workaholic and travel a lot I always put hydration and skincare on number 1 , as i need to look representative in my position. In this blogpost I will show you some selected items that I got from L’Oréal to try out.

 

 

This is called the ‘Hydra power Range’, the first Men expert line which offers 48 Hours hydration to the skin. My favorites are definitely the hydra energetic gel and the day crème ‘Hydra power’. To be honest I use these products mostly when I’m in the gym or a spa.The thing that i noticed about the Hydra power is that it absorbs quickly into your skin and hydrates without being overly oily. This is perfect after the use of a sauna.

 

Maison Caulieres X Laurent Sebastian

Over a year ago I got introduced to Maison Caulieres in Paris, which is basically my second home when you scroll through my Instagram. I got invited by the owner/friend to take lunch in the boutique located in one my favorite neighborhoods in Paris called ‘Montmartre’. The first thing that really got my attention is the eye for detail in the boutique, it’s really minimalistic and classy. The presentation of the products in these colorful packages is just beautiful. The boutique is like a living room full with different product lines of Maison Caulieres, from body scrub to hand crème. Once you open the door to the back of the store you will find a beautiful office with a cozy fireplace and books full of the heritage of the brand. I got a whole introduction from Xavier about the ingredients of the products and the strong French heritage of the family. Did you know the Maison Caulieres family at first was specialized in producing their own honey for about 100 years!

 

After smelling and using many of the oils and body products I got a deja vu. The aroma of some of the products were so intense and familiar that it reminded me of some great memories. Maison Caulieres believes that the products are all made for body, mind and soul, which makes sense to me as the whole body is connected with different nerves. I also got to tell that the natural ingredients such as honey, oils and sunflower are beneficial for your skin of course but also for your health! Ps. Queen Elizabeth II the Queen of England is also using the products that must say enough about the quality and image of Maison Caulieres.

 

Another great thing about Maison Caulieres is that it is exclusively working with Rosewood Hotels & Spa’s all over the world. Wich are leading Hotels and known for its luxury and outstanding service. Back in 2014 Maison Caulieres launched its products in London in one of the oldest department stores called Fortnum & Mason. This is just one of the places where the products are displayed cause Hong-Kong and Dubai are on te list aswell. But this year it started one of the most beautiful collaborations with the most luxurious hotel in Paris called Hotel de Crillon. I can really tell that I’m a daily user of the products now and I keep stocking it up every month. One of my favorites is the body scrub called ‘Richesse des sous-Bois’, I use tis scrub once a week and it really gives you a clean velvet skin. I can keep talking about Maison Caulieres and my experience with it, but I think it is time for you to try it out after reading this blog.

 

L’Oreal men Expert X BarberClub

So as you all know we are in the middle of the Movember month. This is an annual event involving the growing of mustaches during the month November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as testicular cancer and prostate cancer. For 30 days your mustache turns you into a walking, talking bill. L’Oreal Men Expert supports the Movember Foundation.  The kit that i received for my colaboration with L’Oreal men expert looks very masculine and well presented. I will tell you more about this kit below.

The kit includes:

 1 A beard + Face + Hair wash

2 Styling cream for your hair and beard

3 Long beard & Skin oil  

4 Short beard + Face Moisturiser 

 

 

The great thing about these products is that every guy can use it for his beard, from a short beard to a long beard. The other great thing about the ingredients of this product range is that it is 100% free of dyes and parabens. This is great as i have a very sensitive skin and really need to watch with what I apply to my face.

 

Short beard & Face moisturizer

This is for the daily care of the beard of less than 1 cm long. This face moisturizer is full of natural oils and hydrates the skin plus reduces the itching feeling that you have sometimes with a beard. This would be my section as i have a very short trimmed beard. This is personally an advantage as i want things easy to go in the morning, wash my face and add a moisturizer to it. So you could say this is my favorite of the series 🙂

 

Beard + Face + Hair wash

This all in one wash keeps the beard crispy clean and gives an intense face cleansing.

 

Styling cream for your hair and beard

This hair + beard styling cream gives a strong fixation to when it comes to shaping your haircut or beard for 24 hours.

 

Long beard & Skin oil  

For daily care when you have a longer beard and want to maintain the skin under it as well. Most men with a longer beard complain about the itchy feeling and a dry skin. This would be the perfect skin oil for them as it takes care for both skin and the longer hair of the beard.

 

 

 

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