November Favorites

Hope you are all well. In the past few weeks, I have been feeling unmotivated when it comes to trying new things. Still looking for a good daytime/night moisturiser/treatment that’s suitable during pregnancy. Everything I have tried so far were alright, nothing that makes me want to repurchase or talk about really. So no retinol. Not too many essential oils, or heavily scented. I am sensitive to glycolic acid and salicylic acid. I am considering good genes from Sunday Riley, it’s ridiculously priced but my skin reacted well with lactic acid (that was not nearly as concentrated as in good genes) in the past. I am just not sure if it’s going to work at the moment. Have you tried it? How did your skin fare? Also, does it really smell bad?

Here’s couple of things I am loving. Starting with concealer..

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in medium dark warm (£17.50).

It’s a liquid concealer with medium to high coverage. I find this difficult to wear without a hydrating eyecream. The texture although easy to blend does not work well on dry surface. Something like Charlotte Tilbury’s magic eye rescue, kiehl’s avocado eye cream works really well. It will otherwise accentuate fine lines.

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Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment. It’s unavailable at the moment. I am hoping Origins has a replacement soon because this stuff is better than straight-up coconut oil. This can be used on dry/styled hair and it seals cuticles from wind/rain/snow with a slight matte finish. Smells lovely, if you like coconuts.

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Benefit Roller Lash Mascara (£19.50). I have mixed feelings about this one. It’s meant to roll your lash up without a curler and keep it there -that didn’t happen. However, as a mascara, this is pretty good. I don’t get the hook ‘n’ roll method either..goopy mess. I wear it like a regular mascara, light handed, one coat. It has some fibers in it which gives my lashes length but nothing dramatic. I am not a fan of seperated lashes or wildy clumpy -somewhere in the middle is where it lies and I can achieve that with this brush.

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Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish in rose & lavender scent (£15.50/100ml). I don’t know what took me this long to try this cult cream cleanser. It’s gorgeous! It smells good and it works. Infact, all the scents in her range are quite nice. It emulsifies with water but without a cloth/muslin it doesn’t take off makeup well. Definitely, a second cleanse.

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John Lewis Rib Weave Face Cloth (£1). Face cloth of my choice to go with this cleanser . These in particular have some texture which helps exfoliate slightly. It retains some heat which feels great on a cold night or morning. They are available in 9 colours. Mine is in the shade “Linen”.

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Hemsley & Hemsley. Their website is as good as thier book. If you are in need of some veggie motivation -this is where you might find it. Warning -there’s a lot of prep and shopping if you are not up to date with food fads and gadgets -I am not buying a spiralizer anytime soon but it’s not essential either. Unless you plan to instagram your meals maybe.

Melvita Honey Balm (£10). If you like Nuxe reve de miel, you’ll like this one. The texture is similar -drier, matte. Scent is similar too. Similar to nuxe it’s texture creates a good base for matte lip products.

New Season Additions

I had the most satisfying declutter -clothing, shoes, beauty and bath products and even food cupboard. Not a lot fits right, now that I’m 28 weeks pregnant. I didn’t really shop anything maternity specific. Just whatever works and that I can wear next year too! Here’s bits of what I added in.

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Looking at my pile of knits, they are very black and grey with the exception of one oversized mustard number. I am feeling blush tones right now. This one from ASOS is acrylic (which means machine washable!) with medium weight and thickness. Oversized, falls nicely over my bump.

My absolute favorite of the bunch are these house slippers. I wish I could get those UGG moccassins but for something that’s over £80+ and I wear only at home didn’t quite appeal to me. These from John Lewis hits the spot- asthetically and monetarily!

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Honeymania Body Butter is one of my favorites from the body shop. Mainly because of the scent -light, slightly sweet but not too synthetic.

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When you hear Sali Hughes rave about something from Superdrug, you need to try it. This own-brand serum is £2.69 and turned out pretty darn good. I always have one of the Vichy Aqualia Thermal (£22.50) and Avene Hydrance Serum (£17) in my stash. To find something that gives the same result at fraction of the cost? I’m in! If there’s one thing that bothers me, it is the packaging. The bottle is plastic with quite an annoying pump. If they supped up the packaging with slight price increase, it would still be a contender in it’s category I think.

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Did you know Essie’s Angora Cardi is the most pinterested nail varnish? It’s such a lovely fall hue and I’m happy to have it in my collection. This looks so pretty against creamy whites and oatmeal knits too.

3 Standouts from Balance Me

Balance Me is relatively a new player in the skincare scene. It’s offering is natural ingredient based and I’m pleasantly surprised how effective it is. Since last Chritmas, I have picked up few things from them and these three are the stars.

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Chanel Nail Gloss in Rouge Radical

Lucia Pica’s Le Rouge Le Collection No.1 is gorgeous. Apart from the lipsticks, everything seem to be quite special. The eyeshadow quad everyone is going gaga over is beautiful. That shade of red eyeshadow actually looks wearable. What really caught my eye was the nail gloss though.

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Five Makeup Hits And Misses

Hope you are all well. My drawers are quickly filling up and there’s so much I need to let go. I tend to get emotionally attached to certain products and hoard them till I’m ready to let go. Summing up today some things that changed the game for me and some game-changers that didn’t work well. (more…)