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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Sunscreens on Rotation

five sunscreenAlpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiserla roche posay athelios XLNeutrogena Ultra sheerboots under eye sunscreenI am that girl. The ones who obsesses over wearing sunscreen all year round. As long as their is daylight, there is sunscreen. I am convinced it’s not an obsession per say, it’s a label I got from others. Which is why, I will often reapply secretly. Please tell me I’m not the only one. Anywhoo… Here’s five sunscreens that I have used religiously past seven (atleast) years or longer.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer is the one that converted me to a sunscreen worshiper. At around 16-19, I had oily skin. Absolutely everything slipped off within maybe an hour. Btw, I lived in India. The temperatures are well above 26 Degree Celsius on most days. Ultra sheer was the only one that stuck and stayed. This one will give you a SPF of 50+ (PA+++). The texture is not the nicest. It doesn’t give the worst white cast either, I will say that there is a very sheer film definitely. It was INR 400, which is about £4…happy student budget!

Best for: Oily skin, Humid weathers

La Roche-Posay SPF 50+. La Roche-Posay can do no wrong, or atleast till I tried this disaster sunscreen. With a SPF of 50, it is thick gloopy and makes me look like Morticia Addams. So why is it in the list? It protects, non-sticky, it is smudge and water resistant. So at a time when I did some outdoor sports, this was the one. At around £15, this does seem bit much. I won’t be re-purchasing this but I haven’t quite found a body sunscreen that is not sticky and has high SPF.

Best for: Sun Intolerant skin, Sensitive skin, Outdoor sports like running, bootcamp etc.

Boots Vitamin E Eye Cream. SPF 15. It’s a basic sunscreen that is safe to use around eyes. I have very sensitive eyes and this one works. It’s easily available and under £3! It is often on offer at Boots too. The texture is light and tinted. The tint is a very sheer, as good as nothing. This will suit any skin type, any skin tone.

Best for: Under the eye

Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 50+ is my favorite amongst the bunch. With SPF 50, it is incredibly light and easy to wear. No weird white cast on face, no perfume. The texture is almost like a cream serum. There is no greasiness but is still moisturising enough on parched skin. The only con, it is £29 for 30ml and right now is only available online. And boy, does this run out fast!

Best for: Pretty much an all-rounder, Dry Skin

La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Light SPF 20. Much lower than my usual SPF, but is perfect for winters. I wrote about it back in November. This does have perfume in it, so it might not be ideal for everyone. I don’t mind it. This one I think is nice on dry skin too. There is another moisturising version of this -La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Riche, which I might switch to next. Priced at £16.50, I think is worth it.

Best for: Combination Skin

Mark Hill Bedazzled Shine Spray

Mark Hill Shine SprayAppropriately named Bedazzled will work well with big/fluffy/frizzy haired peeps. The spray is a fine continuous mist. You will notice how it weighs hair down and the coat of oil that makes strands look almost wet, do not worry, it evaporates. The product is more like a dry oil and the ”wetness” will go away in 3-5mins. (more…)

Visual Diary: Getting Snugglier

November 20141. Promod Beanie 2. Boots from Schuh 3. Stripey Jumper H&M 4. Twinings Spicy Chai 5. Pukka Cleanse Tea 6. Christmas Cards from Tiger 7. Knitted Socks H&M 8. Scuba Leggings from Miss Selfridge

It is finally time to get those boots out! I love winters but this is my first time living in a place that gets this cold. I’m talking about below 10 degree Celsius! The wardrobe definitely needed some warmer pieces. It’s all about being comfortable and warm. Right?

Loving knitted socks tucked in boots. The scuba leggings are thicker than regular cotton or polyester ones and oh so comfy. The details on it give it a slightly “tough” look.

New additions to the tea cupoard. The chai is not as true to Indian chai flavor but it’s still pretty darn tasty. My skin has been freaking out a bit past week. Hoping the cleanse tea helps. It tastes and smells like sauf (fennel seeds) ..which I like. It’s calming.

Tiger Cards

Can we just take a minute to admire this beautiful illustration. I might keep it for myself :p

Hope everyone is well and staying warm xx