Weleda Arnica Sport kaorianne

I took part in my first ever Color Run last Saturday and what better way to prepare than testing out a few Weleda Sports products which I received recently! I’ll be reviewing the Arnica Sport assortment of Weleda and using the apps Vegsafe and Think Dirty.

Vegsafe helps determine whether an ingredient could be from animal origin while the app Think Dirty on the other hand calculates how dirty a product is. It rates ingredients based on strength of evidence regarding Carcinogenicity, Developmental/reproductive toxicity and Allergenicity/immunotoxicity.

Weleda has very strong principles when it comes to using natural, organic and healthy ingredients so I wasn’t surprised when I scanned the Arnica Massage Oil and 7 of the 10 ingredients came up with a 0/clean rating. Their ingredients Limonene and Coumarin don’t have a 0/clean rating meaning it may be an irritant for sensitive skin but they are naturally occurring parts of the pure essential lavender and rosemary oil making it entirely safe to use. The Arnica extract is at the heart of the sports range with its use dating back to the 18th century for things such as rheumatism. Nowadays, Arnica is used in promoting blood circulation and speeding up the healing process of muscles which is fantastic when you want to crank up your number of workouts during the week, for a quick warming up of your muscles or if you have a race coming up, but also for recuperating afterwards. I tried it myself and Arnica Massage Oil is definitely my new running buddy!

Back in February of this year, I injured my left foot quite badly after rolling my ankle while running. It took a while to get back on it again and I still occasionally get some nagging pain if my running form is a bit off. I used the Arnica Sport Gel when I got a flare up the other day and it definitely helped to soothe the twinge in my foot. One of the products I haven’t been able to use yet after workouts and running is the Arnica Sport Bath Soak. I don’t have a bath tub in my apartment in Belgium but I’ll be visiting my parents this weekend so I’ll be sure to schedule in a soak after my Saturday run.

All the ingredients in Weleda’s Arnica Sport products are plant-based. I was a little unsure about the Lecithin and the Lactic Acid in the Arnica Sports Shower Gel as Vegsafe indicate that these ingredients could be of animal origin, but I have been reassured that the Lactic Acid and Lecithin used in the Weleda cosmetic products are manufactured using non-animal raw materials – so they are not of animal origin. The product itself smells deliciously (mix of Lavender and Rosemary), boosts your energy and leaves your skin soft and hydrated.

With the Color Run I was able to pop out for a few extra runs and put these products to the test. I know this may have been a slightly long-winded post but ever since I changed my lifestyle I’ve become more curious; not only about food but about how specific ingredients in cosmetics may have an effect on our body so I was over the moon to write about Weleda which has such strong principles with regard to nature and health.

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This past weekend was the ING Luxembourg Night Marathon. This past weekend I ran my first ever half marathon. I was able to prove to myself that I actually could and that means more to me than I will ever be able to explain. Just over a decade ago, my undiagnosed hyperthyroidism had put me in a hypertensive crisis, with the possible risk of heart failure. Because I had to stop school sports for a while, I realise now that I passively conditioned my brain to think I could never be active again. It scared me. I eventually took up kayaking in 2014-2015 and I didn’t start running until the end of summer last year… but I did it! All 21.0975 km of it! And I was also had the chance to raise money for CoppaFeel! in the run up to race day (more about them in this post: here). What better way to pay homage to the runner whose blog convinced me to sign up for a race, Kelly Roberts (Run, Selfie, Repeat), than by putting together a GIF filled post of the things that go through the mind of a first-time half marathoner.

1.  Getting excited for the race to start

Warming up before run can make all the difference so don’t be put off by stares. Get yourself prepped and pumped as the minutes count down until race time!

2. Figuring out if you’ll need to use the port-a-potties

“It’s a night race. I pooped last night.. So does that mean I won’t poop tomorrow? If I pooped last night, don’t poop tomorrow morning, will I need to poop in the evening i.e. during the race?”

3. Losing 90% of the water you pick up at your first hydration station pit stop

Yup. I read about this one but the excitement of the half marathon got the better of me and I Forest Gump-ed it passed the hydration station, with the cup of water gushing down my torso like Niagra Falls.

4. Noticing at which stages people took their energy gels

And taking a mental note for future reference. “Should I time my energy gel consumption differently next time?”

5. Arriving at water station number two with finesse

A controlled gliding approach at water station number two proved to be a lot more successful.

6. Remembering that you tried something new on race day

Staying away from anything new on the eve or on the day of the race seemed to be one of the golden rules that kept reappearing in forums, training plans and blogs.. oops.

7. Trailing someone since the start but then you finally take over

There’s that one person you have constantly been behind. The secret and silent race buddy. But the time has come to bid adieu to the familiarity of the back of their head and go where your legs take you.

8. Realising that the last 5k is a constant incline

…but you know you got this

 

9. When your family and friends find you after the finish line

Your family and friends have most likely waited a decent couple of hours for you and are eager to know how you are.

10. The morning after

Whether it’s your toes, hips, muscles or knees (right knee in my case) that hurts, something is going to be throwing you off from bringing the A-game to your supermarket strut for the next few days.

Any first time half marathoners out there?

What would you guys add to the list?

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Pinatex, Ananas Anam, KaoriAnne, Pineapple, vegan leather, vegan fashion

Yes, that’s right, a vegan friendly textile that is made from pineapples! Whether you are a new vegan or not, or just plain curious, here is everything you need to know about pineapple leather.

Piñatex™ was discovered by Dr. Carmen Hijosa and the textile has been seven years in the making. The project originated in the Philippines, but now majority of research and development is carried out in the UK (Royal College of Art) and in Spain. The fibres that make up the textile are extracted in a process called decortication on the plantation itself by the farming community, which means that this provides an additional channel of income for farmers as well as creating a whole new sector for pineapple growing countries.

Following the extraction, the fibres are then treated in an industrial process resulting in the base of the Piñatex material. The material is then taken to a textile finishing company in Spain before it is shipped off around the world.

 

Sustainability

  • Piñatex™ fibres are the by-product of the pineapple harvest. No extra land, water, fertilizers or pesticides are required to produce them.
  • The by-product of the fibre extraction is bio-mass, which can be further converted into organic fertilizer or bio-gas.

 

While the textile is quite new to the market, there are already a few brands and designers using Piñatex™ such as Rombaut (a Parisian footwear label), NAE – vegan shoesMayya Saliba at NotJustALabel and even Puma samples, but it will surely grow throughout the fashion industry and beyond thanks to its versatility. The textile is flexible and easily dyed as well as stitched; it is also available in varying thickness.

I have a great feeling about this one and I absolutely cannot wait to see it spread even more throughout the world. Hooray for eco-friendly alternatives!

(Images: Photo via Ananas Anam; wallpaper via Think.Make.Share.)

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coppafeel fundraising marathon kaorianne
You can’t prevent cancer, but you can prevent late diagnosis. This is one of the key missions of CoppaFeel!. Their team aims to educate people on getting to know their boobs and this is why I have decided to run my first half marathon and raise 500 euros for CoppaFeel!. Kris Halenga, the founder, was diagnosed at the age of 23, which hit me very personally. She was the same age as I am now. It can happen to anyone of us.

 

“Too many women, and men, die of breast cancer due to late detection. 
Currently over 2000 cases are diagnosed at stage 4 each year – there is no stage 5.
This is unnecessary.”

 

I first heard about CoppaFeel! through my university’s Uni Boob Team when I was an undergraduate at the University of Surrey. The UBTs are a vital part of CoppaFeel!’s work in sharing the message about boob awareness to young people at an earlier stage.

While my ultimate dream is to see CoppaFeel! and the Uni Boob Teams grow internationally, especially in Belgium, I hope that my fundraising will support them in their current efforts in the UK as well as spread the Boob message through our online world.

If you’d like to find out more about CoppaFeel! follow this link here: What we do

 

How can your donations help?

Every donation, big or small, can help in different ways:

  • £2/€2.7 enables Coppafeel! to send SMS reminders to 40 people every month.
  • £50/€68 can help them send one of their Boobettes to raise awareness in a school or work place.
  • £1000/€1372 can help cover the costs of being at a music festival to target around 50,000 people.

 

Fundraising on JustGiving
I have decided to fundraise through JustGiving as it is an incredibly secure and fast way to donate. The money goes directly to the charity which essentially cuts costs so that donations can have the most effect.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could support CoppFeel!, no matter how big or small a donation, through my fundraising page here:

>>> ING half marathon JustGiving page <<<

If you are unable to donate, sharing the JustGiving fundraising page will not only take just a second, but it can also help spread the CoppaFeel! message and remind young people to get to know their boobs!

CoppaFeel on social media
Instagram: @coppafeelpeople
Facebook: fb.com/coppafeel.org
Twitter: @CoppaFeelPeople

THANK YOU

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KaoriAnne blue png snapcode
One of the features I decided to add to my new blog design is my Snapchat snapcode. That’s the thing you scan to add a fellow snapchatter within a matter of seconds as well as that thing that usually has an awkwardly moving GIF of people pulling faces. As much as I like the colour yellow, Snapchat’s garish hue doesn’t go with my blog design and I can imagine it may not go well with yours either. Here are a few slightly lengthy but simple steps that you can follow to download, edit and customize your snapcode:

 

STEP ONE
Using your desktop, go to Snapchat (here) and log into your account

STEP TWO
Once you are logged in, you will see a screen like the one below. Clicking on “Download my snapcode” will take you to a page where you can download a ZIP file containing the PNG and SVG formats of your snapcode.
How to download your snapchat snapcode

STEP THREE
Once you have downloaded your snapcode, expand the file as you would to with any ZIP file. Before I did this, though, I moved it to the folder where I keep the site’s admin and social media documents.

STEP FOUR
In the snapcode folder, you will also find the Snapcode Guidelines that contain the do’s and dont’s of customizing your snapcode.Snapchat snapcode guideline

STEP FIVE
Using Pixlr Editor (available here), open the snapcode PNG file from your computer and select the wand tool from the toolbar.

STEP 6 – Changing the colour of your snapcode
Use the wand tool and select the yellow. You will see a dashed lines that identify the selected area. Then select your colour at the bottom of the toolbar on the left. If you know the colour code (#) of the shade that you would like, you can input using this colour toolbar window. Finally, select the paint pot and fill in over the coloured area (you can view these three steps in the gallery below).

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STEP SEVEN – Inserting your own image
If you like the look of the white ghost in your snapcode, go on and save your image as a PNG file and upload it your blog. If you want to add text to your white ghost make sure that it stays within its black outline.

  1. Using the wand tool, select the white part of the ghost.
  2. Hover over the ghost and you should see a pair of scissors.
  3. Using the delete or backspace button, cut the white part away. You should be left with a checkered white and grey background.
  4. Select the image you wish to have in the ghost: Layer > Open image as layer
  5. Move the image behind the snapcode: Layer > Move layer down.
  6. Adjust the framing of the image if necessary. Here, I framed it so that it would fit the curve of my eyebrow.
  7. Use the lasso tool, under move tool, and draw around the corners where the image is poking out (NB: lasso-ing over the snapcode will not effect it at all as you are working on a different layer). Cut away where it is needed.

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STEP EIGHT – Adding text
You can always add your Snapchat username inside the ghost outline for good measure, if for some reason the code isn’t working. Once you are finished customizing your snapcode, don’t forget to save it as a PNG file.

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I’d really appreciate any feedback with regard to the content and layout of this post as this is the first time I’m covering anything tech related. If you have anymore questions or comments about Snapchat and other social media platforms, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact me directly!

 

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