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.

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Sampling and forming a dislike of primers

sampling foundations.jpgOver the past months, I have (almost) conquered the fear of asking samples. I still, every time, analyse their body language and faces before asking that question. I have had few terrible/awkward moments at YSL and Bare Minerals counters. On the split-side, Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown staffs seem so approachable. Anyway, I managed to test out few products before I commit to a full size. (more…)

Skincare. Most Loved 2014 Roundup

la roche posay hydraphase, neutrogena hand cream, indeed labs retinolloreal micelar water and age perfect tonerE45 creamE45 cream

Having tried few Indeed Lab products, Retinol reface is my favorite. It’s only maybe two applications away from being empty which makes me sad cos it really did make a difference. Used it in conjunction with Hydraphase sunscreen from La Roche Posay, for 50ml, surprised it’s still not empty. Haven’t come across a body lotion or hand cream that does a better job than the Norwegian formula from Neutrogena, at that price. Oh wait, there is E45, which I like more cos it can be used on the face too.Soap and Glory body scrubsspa sanctuary body souffleSpa Sactuary body butterSLS free shampooLoreal Vector Force ReviewBreakfasts scrub from Soap and Glory is the bomb. Love most of their scrubs but the smell of that one scrub is just so (aptly named) yummy. Spa sanctuary set was a present and I’m so glad it was given to me because I wouldn’t really pick them myself if I saw them in a store. The mande lular smell is gorgeous. Give it a whiff if you see it. The body souffles are light, airy and perfect for summer. The body butters are heavier in consistency and moisturizing factor, nice for colder months.

Loreal’s hair expertise range is quite something. What really dragged me in was that all the products in the range are sulphate free. I am not sure if sulphates are really a problem, but the products work. The shampoo, conditioner and mask with golden packaging are the best ones. Vector force cream, which is to be used in damp hair, before blowdrying. It acts as a heat protectant.

Sesiphase reviewAgelock resurface night creamSensiphase does a good job at soothing, like it says. Sometimes, I felt like it was not as hydrating as I would like. Oily skin types, or people who generally prefer a mat look will like this. Resurface night cream is best for dry to normal skin, it’s incredibly hydrating. The exfoliating factor in it is not as potent that you would feel tingling or see any immediate difference. This was my to-go moisturizer many nights where I just wanna go to bed ASAP.

Philip Kingsley Elastisizerbotanics facial oil reviewAzafran SoapElasticizer -Athough discovered at the very end of last year, I have to include it cos it was frankly, a miracle product for my hair. I have written about it here. Overtime, I have started using Botanics face oil everywhere but my face. I love it. It’s a lovely moisturizer, on the face sometimes, can feel a bit too much. I love this one for below the jawline moisturizing. Azafran’s rosemary and cream soap is made of dreams, It’s one thing I haven’t found a dupe of. Still remember the fragrance of this one, it was so good.

I have discovered tons of good stuff last year but this year I really want to try out some high-end skincare. Being 28 now, think it’s time to re-evaluate what my skin really needs. I am currently reading the book “pretty honest” by Sali Hughes and I have to say, for someone who started using an eyecream at age 16, to read that is unnecessary is quite mind-altering. This book has changed my perspective, I now look at toners as scented waters. So I am doing a little experiment of excluding toners and eye cream completely for a month or so. Next post is a little haul and personal goals for 2015.