October 2017 Favorites

Eyeko Lash Alert -£19.50

I love the formula of this mascara. It gives me exactly what I need. The most important thing being holding that curl. I haven’t found any mascara that can curl my lashes without help of a curling tool. But most will weigh lashes down or flake in couple of hours. This one doesn’t curl lashes on its own but once it’s on, it stays. The formula is black and it coats evenly. All mascaras should come in a squeezy tube I think. It enables you to move the product around. I am not a fan of thick spidery lashes atm. I am looking for length and staying power. This gives me just that, it’s perfect.

The Ordinary Moisturizer -£4.90

My skin has normalized in the past couple months. Heavier creams do feel a bit uncomfortably slick. This Deceim offering gives my skin the perfect amount of hydration. It mixes well with, over pretty much anything. It is unscented. I have tried a couple things from the brand, they are great. On exception of the Vitamin C Suspension. Did not enjoy using that one. I can start using retinols soon, Granactive in on my list.

Mama Mio Visible Stretch Mark Minimizer -£45

Stretch marks run in my family, everyone has it so I knew I was going to have some. I am not revolted by my stretch marks but when I first saw them while shopping for pants in my fourth trimester, I was taken back a bit. It was overnight I think, purple red lines that looked like it should hurt. During my pregnancy I used Bio oil at evening and Clarins Moisturizer at daytime. After discovering my stretch marks, I switched to Clarins Stretch Mark Minimizer twice everyday. I finished the cream, didn’t seem to have an effect. Two or three months after birth, I decided to try Mama Mio. At this point my marks werent as purple but red lines. In about two weeks I noticed a massive reduction. My lines were shorter and narrower. I am still using it, it’s faded but still visible. On their website they have stated this cream helps reduce VISISBLE marks and it does. You only need to paint it on the stretch marks so I will use it till it runs out. I am not sure this will rid of all. In time, I’ll do an empties post.

Jamie Oliver Five Ingredients book -£11

If you are struggling to maintain a healthy diet, this is really nice. Simple to make and uncomplicated. The flatbreads especially are so easy to put together -two ingredients.

Kind Natured body washes -£4.99

SLS free body washes that smell nice, under a tenner are hard to find. Everything in the kind natured range smells amazing. They are not overly scented. Amber and pink pepper is lovely too.

NARS Pure Tinted Moisturizer -£29.50

Since my skin has been normal with almost no scarring at the moment, I switched to a tinted formula. Found this slightly glowy, but the coverage is nice. It evens out my skin without looking heavy. I buff it with a powder after.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 30 -£22

If the “Ultra” in here means ultra hydrating , it really is. Infact the density made me wonder if it will roll into clumps if re-applied. It did not but I found it a bit too dewy, if you re-apply it every 2-3 hours like a sunscreen. I am not sure if this is an all-round weather winner but I’m enjoying it at the moment.

I have accumulated a pretty big list so far this year, but I’ll stop now since these are the ones that came first off the top of my head. I’m hoping to have a nice quite evening now. Hope you guys had a lovely day.

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Mum life

Hello there! Mini me and I are 9 months in. There’s been many changes this year- we have moved furnitures to make space for all the new bits. Which means I have no space to work. I have managed to create a little nook where little hands can’t reach…so yay for progress!

I have also had a massive clearout consisting of clothing, shoes, skincare and makeup. Pretty pleased with my selection. There is space to fill which I will talk about on this blog later on.

We are in Autumn now… love it! Wools, cashmeres and boots are out. I have put more effort in to lounge-wear this time. Since this is where I spent most time so… Oh, and bath time. I don’t think I have ever enjoyed bath time more than now. I instagrammed this couple of weeks ago, Liquid Yoga from Mio Skincare is lovely. Definitely a notch above the Radox equivalent.

I am hoping to write more often. Can’t believe it’s been almost a year since my last post. I have already compiled a favorites which will go up next week. See you then!

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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