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September Favourites


It’s quite a chilly Sunday morning and I just made a hot cup of tea to sip on while writing this post. The last day of the month is really showing us that autumn is here and ready to stay. I’m updating my skincare routine for the new season and hope to be sharing more soon. There are so many new products that I’m trying out at the moment and hopefully, some of them are going to be my new favourites.

There are quite a few cleansers on rotation at the moment, I usually go for one in the morning and a separate one in the evening but I’ve been curious about so many lately that switching them up in the last few weeks has been fun! One of my favourite cleansers at the moment has to be the Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser. I got a mini of it in my Liberty Advent Calendar last year and I’ve been meaning to try it ever since. But there was always something that stopped me and that something is essential oils. Essential oils tend to irritate my combination skin and I always try to avoid them but after I fell in love with the Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm (which also contains essential oils), I decided to give this one a go. I use it only in the evening after taking my makeup off, it has a lovely creamy texture and the scent is incredibly relaxing. It feels purifying and nourishing at the same time. Hungarian Moor Mud gives a paste-like feel to the cream cleanser and purifies the skin, it’s also anti-inflammatory. Moor Mud has less than 3% clay content and is basically, plant residue (herbs, flowers, grass) with natural enzymes, minerals, vitamins, amino and fatty acids. Moor Cream Cleanser is rich in Calcium and Magnesium Carbonates, Humic and Fulvic Acids and together they deep cleanse the skin while nourishing it. The Zinc Oxide in the formula soothes the skin and regulates the sebum production. I couldn’t believe my eyes a few weeks after I started using this cleanser but my skin actually looked better. I personally wouldn’t use it to take my makeup off with it, I don’t think it does the job but as a morning or second cleanse, it’s lovely. I’m happy to have a mini of it, it’s an expensive product and if you’re more sensitive, I’m pretty sure it would break you out and I wouldn’t risk with a full size. However, I have to say, I’m going to miss it once it’s over. It works well on my skin, it makes it look so much better than it normally does and I’m certain in this because I don’t incorporate multiple new products at once into my routine and I pretty much always know which product does this or that to my skin. If you have the chance, get a mini or a sample, it’s definitely a cleanser that I’d gladly break my skincare rules for.

A morning face mask that I’ve been reaching for lately, quickly became a favourite. I’m talking about the Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask and I prefer using it in the mornings because it has a slight cooling effect that really wakes you up. This mask is one of my skincare updates for the new season because it’s more on the hydrating side rather than purifying like the clay masks I love so much in the summer. Fresh Black Tea Mask is a nourishing treatment that aims to reveal smoother and healthier complexion that looks more radiant and soft. It’s formulated with antioxidants and has an interesting texture, it’s velvety soft but whipped at the same time and smells a bit like kombucha. Probably because of the black tea ferment that is the actual antioxidant defending the skin against free radicals. There’s also lychee seed extract that maintains skin’s elasticity, Jicama root juice for the hydration and polysaccharides that smooth the skin. I use it a couple of times a week after cleansing and drying my face, I apply a thin layer of the mask and leave it on for about 10 minutes, then I wash it off and I can feel how soft and plump my skin looks. I love everything about this face mask (except for the price tag, of course)! The texture, the light kombucha scent, the results… I got a mini of it in a Sephora set and I’m  sad that Fresh can’t be shipped outside of the US, usually. I’ve been trying to purchase their new holiday sets but it’s just not possible. So, if you have the chance to get at least a mini of it, do try it out.

I love a good hand cream. Whether it is a budget buy or a luxurious purchase, I’m happy to find one with a beautiful texture, great moisturising properties and a lovely scent to it. That’s the case with Atelier Cologne‘s Pomélo Paradis Hand Cream which actually my boyfriend picked up for me during one of his work trips. I don’t own any of the brand’s fragrances but I really like their scents in the form of body lotions, hand creams and soaps. The formula of the hand cream is enriched with 8% Shea Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil (which is also great for the nails), Vitamin A and  E. The texture feels quite rich but not greasy, at all. The scent is fresh and uplifting but delicate and not too overpowering. This hand cream leaves my hands soft and I love using it after my evening skincare routine and then read a book without thinking it might leave fingerprints on my Kindle or book cover, it really doesn’t leave a residue. It’s such a beautiful hand cream that I want to try the rest of the scents.
Except for the hand cream, there are two more reasons why my nails have been looking stronger and healthier. The first one is not using nail polish at the moment. No matter how many bases or strengtheners I’m using, nail polish always makes my bare nails weak and bad-looking. The second one is the Margaret Dabbs Nail & Cuticle Serum. It comes in a handy little bottle with a pump that makes it really easy to dispense the right amount of product and the product itself has a lightweight texture and a distinct tea tree smell to it. It might look small but it lasts a long time, as you don’t really need much. The formula strengthens and hydrates nails and cuticles and it also keeps nail infections away. The serum can be applied on finger- and toenails and it’s suggested to be used twice daily but I apply it only before going to bed and still does a fantastic job at nourishing my nails and cuticles. My nails can get really weak in the colder months, I also have the habit to wash my hands hundreds of times a day and this makes the nails split and break, so I’m really happy I have a product that helps me maintain the health of the nails and cuticles.

And last but not least, something that warms me in the rainy days. The Ritual of Hammam is my parents’ favourite Rituals range and it’s quite tough for me to say if I have a favourite one because I love them all. But the Sea Salt Hot Body Scrub with Warm Ginger & Eucalyptus from the same line is probably my favourite body exfoliant. The Ritual of Hammam is often considered to be one of the men’s lines from the brand but it doesn’t stop me from enjoying it myself. As you can tell it’s based on sea salt and I like that it doesn’t dissolve before I can properly exfoliate my body but what I love about it the most is the warming sensation, the nourishing feel and the scent of this body scrub. It just calms me at night, makes me feel more relaxed and I actually sleep better if I use it right before going to bed.

That’s it for my first autumn favourites this year. I’m looking forward to new skincare discoveries and soft jumpers!

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August Favourites


It’s been feeling a bit more breezy the last couple of weeks, summer’s almost over and as much as I love fall, the rainy days can be way too many sometimes. And when it seems that the rain would never stop, I like to shut the bathroom door in the evening and enjoy taking the day off while listening to the dancing droplets.

I mentioned in my updated simple skincare routine post that I’m not usually a cleansing balm person. They do tend to break me out and leave a residue which causes further problems when I try to apply the rest of my skincare. However, one cleansing balm that really impressed me is the Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm which has a sorbet-like texture, removes all the impurities and washes off easily. I wasn’t sure about the essential oils in it, be careful if you have acne-prone skin, I try to avoid them and luckily, the balm didn’t break me out but it’s something to consider, as it can irritate the skin. I wanted to include it here because I really like it despite the essential oils, it leaves my skin purified, soft and nourished, it makes me feel more relaxed and I’m not so scared of cleansing balms anymore.

As a person who tries a lot of skincare products, I really like to have minis of them, it’s easier to use them up while it’s enough to know if you like them and you want to commit to the full size. I’d been waiting for months to get my hands on a mini Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial and when I got it in April, I couldn’t wait to try it out. I’ve been using it once a week, sometimes I’d even skip a week, it’s a powerful product but I have experience with acids, so I wasn’t that concerned about the reaction. I have to say, it does sting a bit and leaves my face red for about 15 minutes afterwards but it has 25% AHA and 2% BHA, so it’s completely normal. Essentially, this product is meant to chemically exfoliate the skin, it removes dead skin cells by breaking down the substances that hold them to the surface. It has a blend of Glycolic, Tartaric, Lactic, Citric and Salicylic Acids and antioxidants like Matcha and Apple Fruit to soothe and calm the skin. My favourite Niacinamide is also included and it helps making the skin look and feel more healthy and radiant. It’s suggested to leave on the product for 20 minutes before washing it off but if it’s the first time trying it, I’d recommend being more careful and leaving it on for 5-10 minutes. Then I’d always follow with something really moisturising and make sure to always use sun protection. I like using Sukari Babyfacial on a Sunday evening and wake up to a baby soft skin. I feel that skincare and makeup apply much better after I’ve used the acid treatment. The downside is that the full size is really expensive which makes me quite sad because I think it’s a great product to have in my skincare stash. It just delivers an immediate effect, that’s the simple truth.

And speaking of evening skincare, here’s my favourite night time lip treatment. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask has been quite a popular item this year and I’m not one to go for the trendy products but as I’ve confessed it multiple times, I’m a lip balm addict. So, I had to try it but the full size seemed too big for me, considering the amount of lip treatments I have on rotation. I found this cute little set with a few other Laneige products that I love and I thought it would be the best way to find out why the lip mask was so special. And now I want to have the rest of the flavours. Because it simply works. My lips have never been softer, when I apply it, it creates a film that protects and hydrates them throughout the night and on the next morning they look and feel nourished and there’s no sign of the cracked lips caused by the cold weather or being in the sun or not drinking enough water (which almost never happens, luckily)… The lip mask is rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants from a blend of Strawberries, Raspberries, Cranberries, Goji Berries and Blueberries to soften the skin. The best thing for me is that the effect lasts for the whole next day while some lip balms only make your lips drier when you aren’t reapplying them every 10 minutes.

Before trying out the Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet, I was sure it would be a great summer moisturiser but I thought it would be a bit too light for the colder days. Now, I’m convinced that the lightweight texture provides enough hydration even for drier skin. This product is an oil-free, lightweight gel-cream that feels rich at the same time, it has such a unique feel that it’s hard to describe it. I’ve been facing some dry patches lately and the sorbet has been helping me to keep them at bay. It contains Organic Grape Water to moisturise, Chamomile to soothe and antioxidant-rich Grape Seed Polyphenols to replenish. I was a bit concerned about the Shea Butter in it as it sometimes breaks me out but so far, I haven’t experienced any irritation. Too bad it contains fragrance because it’s not appropriate for really sensitive skin and it’s not particularly nice-smelling, to be fair. It’s not the best face moisturiser I’ve tried but it’s a favourite because it leaves my skin soft and supple without making it shiny, the texture is beautiful and I’m happy I got the chance to finally try some of the Caudalie‘s products.

There’s only one makeup product that I want to mention and luckily, Lumene has been getting a bit more attention in the past few months. I think they have some wonderful products, makeup and skincare ones, that deserve to be mentioned. One of them is this Nordic Chic Natural Glow Blush in the shade Tulip Blossoms. It looks really bright in the pan but on the face, it just gives the most natural healthy and radiant pop of colour that you barely notice. It simply looks like you have it naturally and it’s incredibly easy to apply and blend it over the apples of the cheeks. It’s a powder blush but the texture is silky soft and it makes it feel almost like a cream blush. I’m in love with this blush, it’s the only one I’ve been wearing this summer and I’m thinking about purchasing another shade. Also, the whole Nordic Chic range is really elegant and has the most beautiful textures which makes me want to try the mascaras, as well. For such a natural-looking blush, it’s really long-lasting and at the end of the day, it still looks pretty. If you’re looking for Scandinavian beauty products, this blush should be on your list.

These are a few products I’ve been loving throughout the month of August, I haven’t been using that much new makeup but I’m excited for the autumn collections already. They never fail to surprise us.

July Favourites

The heat in the past few weeks has been requiring minimal to zero makeup, good cleansing, lightweight hydrating skincare and showering about three times a day. That’s basically why my monthly beauty favourites look like this.

Cleansing is very important to me, I love the refreshing feeling that wakes me up in the morning and relaxes me in the evening. I tend to reach for gel cleansers in the summer but I’ve been using a cream cleanser lately and it’s been lovely. I got the Skin Laundry Purifying Cream Cleanser in my Liberty advent calendar last year but I’ve been trying out so many cleansers that I never got to use this one until recently. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find the full size, hope it hasn’t been discontinued but knowing my luck, it probably has. It’s a beautiful sulphate-free cleanser that feels soothing and hydrating while lifting away impurities. Most of the time, I’d use it at night but sometimes it’s also part of my morning skincare routine. I apply a small amount onto damp skin and then massage it in for about a minute, then I remove it with a hot washcloth. It contains Aloe Leaf Juice, Macadamia Seed Oil and Panthenol to give a calming feel to the skin. It’s a purifying cleanser but it’s also nourishing and that’s the main reason why I like it so much. It’s really easy to dry out the skin in the summer because we’re so focused on removing all the makeup, sweat and natural oils that we often pick the wrong cleanser. Actually, I’ve just started using a new morning gel cleanser and I’m having high hopes for it.

Lähde in Finnish means source and in the case of Lumene Lähde Purity Dew Drops Eye Gel means source of hydration. Essentially, it’s a beautiful cooling and moisturising eye gel that’s perfect for the summer days. Enriched with Provitamin B5, Nordic Birch Sap and Pure Arctic Spring Water the lightweight gel nourishes the delicate eye area while the fragrance-free formula with hydra-technology provides a continuous hydration throughout the day. I love that the texture is non-sticky and works as a good base underneath concealer. Looking forward to trying the rest of the minis from this new range that my gorgeous Finnish friend got for me.

For me, thermal water spray is an essential, I always have at least one miniature and one full size and I tend to go for the Avène Thermal Water Spray most of the time. It’s one of my most-used skincare items in the summer and the whole family loves it. I’ve been trying to find the Caudalie Grape Water for such a long time that when I saw it in a pharmacy in Valencia, I thought it was just the tester and there was nothing behind it. Luckily, I finally purchased it. I’ve tried ordering it online multiple times but either the customs considered it dangerous and it never got to me or it suddenly sold out seconds before putting it in my basket.  Caudalie Grape Water doesn’t contain thermal water, it uses grape water that is enriched with polysaccharides and mineral salts but the idea is similar. I have to say, it definitely feels more moisturising and somehow softer than the thermal water sprays. I’m really happy to have it, I use it as a toner or to refresh my skin in the hot days, I’d spray my boyfriend’s pale face if he’s been under the sun in the day and it’s just a good multi-tasker. It’s also great to add a few spritzes of the Grape Water before applying my rosehip oil, it spreads more evenly and feels glorious when I take out the bottle from the fridge, so cooling and soothing. I’m new to Caudalie and I can’t wait to try the travel set I got together with the Grape Water.

Foundation is rarely a part of my makeup menu nowadays but healthy and even complexion are still things I’m trying to achieve most of the days. I’ve always been struggling to find sunscreens that suit my skin type but a tinted sunscreen was even a territory I didn’t dare to cross, after a few absolutely terrible experiences, I’d given up on the idea. When I got the Heliocare Color Gelcream SPF 50 in Light last month, I mainly did it because it was Spanish and I hadn’t tried any pharmacy brands from Spain. I expected it to be a not so good colour match and probably too thick for my combination skin. And was I wrong… First of all, the texture is so lightweight that I would never think it’s SPF 50! Second of all, it doesn’t feel greasy but keeps the skin hydrated. It has a slightly dewy finish but it isn’t too shiny and there’s a delicate melon scent that’s not overpowering. It’s easy to apply and provides good coverage that gives a healthy look. Heliocare‘s range consists of sunscreens that combine high technology mineral and non-mineral filters with photobiological protectants, featuring Fernblock which is a natural fern extract. Fern has adapted and evolved to protect itself from the harmful UVA and UVB radiation. The extract provides anti-oxidant effects and UV protection. The formula is also enriched with Panthenol and Vitamin E to moisturise and soothe skin.
Unfortunately, it comes in just two shades, Light and Brown.
For me, this is a very elegant tinted sunscreen, I haven’t found anything like it, it doesn’t break me out and doesn’t turn me into a shiny mess. I’m really curious about more of the brand’s products but sadly, they’re not widely available. If I ever get the chance to see a Heliocare counter again, I will definitely check out the rest of the range.

My last favourite for the month of July is actually my boyfriend’s shower gel. Molton Brown Russian Leather is heady and intense. It’s the type of scent I like to have as a candle. They actually have a candle but I’ve heard the shower gel is the best product from the range. The fragrance is an infusion of Siberian pine, tobacco, birch, black tea, purple basil and leather. I love the way the bathroom smells after my boyfriend takes a shower, it also lingers on the skin for hours. I sometimes borrow it when I want something different from my floral and fruity body washes.

Now time to spray my face with the grape water again and let’s not forget to drink a lot of water today. Stay hydrated!

June Favourites

The end of June has been so amazing that I really don’t want to go back to reality. Me and my boyfriend had a lovely sunny week in Spain and we’re now on a mini road trip in order to keep that holiday feeling for as long as we can.

I’ve been keeping my beauty routine quite minimal lately. Even before we went away, I just didn’t feel like using that many skincare and makeup products on my face and then, when the temperatures hit 38 degrees in the sun for a couple of days, I knew that it would have been a mistake to pile on multiple layers of moisturisers, foundation, highlighter…
In the morning, I’d just apply sunscreen, a bit of mascara and a lip product and then reapply SPF quite a few times during the day. I’ve had bad experience with wearing makeup (it wasn’t even that much) in hot summer days, so I set aside all the base products. As a matter of fact, unpleasant events have occurred, thanks to sunscreens that were not right for my skin, as well, so it was a real test for my skin condition. Lately, I’ve been relying on the Kiss My Face Sensitive Side 3 in 1 Sunscreen SPF 30 and I have to say, it is a bit shiny but doesn’t feel heavy and what’s most important, doesn’t clog my pores. The formula is paraben- and fragrance-free and it doesn’t contain Oxybenzone. It feels hydrating and soothing, so I tend to use it on its own and don’t actually apply a moisturiser beforehand. It takes a bit of time to rub it in because at first, it’s very white but then it melts into the skin and leaves a dewy finish. I’m really happy that it doesn’t break me out, I sometimes use it on my arms, as well and although, it’s still not perfect (I haven’t found the perfect face sunscreen yet!), it’s one of the best I’ve tried, so far.
And while we’re on the SPF topic, I wanted to mention that it’s quite complicated to reapply sunscreen throughout the day, I can’t see myself slapping cream without washing my face first but at the same time, I want my skin to be protected. Although we don’t sunbathe and just need product for the city environment, I was worried about my boyfriend’s skin because he burns quite easily. At the end of our trip, he had a small red patch on his forehead because apparently, I didn’t reapply the sunscreen that well but the rest of his face, neck and arms looked good. I was a bit unsure when he brought home the Garnier Sensitive Face Mist SPF 50 before we started packing. I wanted to get the La Roche-Posay mattifying mist but it was sold out everywhere. I thought the Garnier mist would break me out and would feel unpleasant. In fact, the mist is really fine and feels light on the skin. This product is part of a range, created for people with very fair, sun-intolerant and sensitive skin. I like the cooling feeling when you spray it on and the fact that it doesn’t leave greasy residue. I’m now convinced that it’s a lovely budget option for both, people with dry and combination skin, me and my boyfriend love it and we now have a second bottle of it.

I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews on the Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask but somehow the brand doesn’t ship outside the US or so it tells me every time I try to purchase something from them on any of the websites that stock Fresh. But a few weeks ago, Sephora released one of their Sephora Favorites sets and this mini was part of it. It allowed me to add the set to the basket and to proceed with my order (normally, I can never order a set that contains a product from a brand that doesn’t ship outside the US) and here it is. This is now my post-travel face mask because it instantly brightens and smooths out my complexion. It has a tingling and cooling feeling, a delicate fresh scent and it only needs a thin layer for a healthier-looking skin to be revealed. The mask has a whipped texture that melts into the skin and contains a complex of kombucha, black tea extract, blackberry leaf extract and lychee seed extract that work together against free radicals. The formula is also enriched with polysaccharides that help to smooth the skin. This face mask is a real treat for my skin and I’m glad I could get the mini of it.

Another impressive mini has been the Belif Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner which I also got in a set, as I’ve been curious about the brand for a long time, luckily, it is now available in Europe, too. I’m an acid toner user and sometimes I’d switch it up and apply a more hydrating one afterwards or I’d skip a day and instead of the acid one, I’d go for a lighter toner. Bergamot Herbal Extract Toner from Belif is formulated with bergamot and sage to balance normal to combination skin and to leave it feeling hydrated and soothed after cleansing. The brand has several types of toners, I happened to try this one and I really like it. I find its texture quite interesting, as it’s not so runny but it feels a bit like an essence or a serum, it’s like a very liquid gel, if that makes sense and I think that this unique texture makes it feel even more moisturising. It’s great on a hot day or evening, it’s refreshing and calming and that’s a second product from the brand that I fall in love with.

The lip product that I can’t stop wearing at the moment comes from Marimekko for Clinique and it’s the Pop Splash in 03 Sorbet Pop. I love Clinique skincare, I love their makeup range, as well and lip products are probably my favourite out of their colour line. They just seem to know how to do the formulation right. It’s always fragrance-free and non-irritating, it feels smooth, non-sticky and hydrating. And when you combine the perfect formula with the iconic, colourful patterns of Finnish design house Marimekko, you get a limited edition collection that makes it hard for you to choose what to pick, they just all look so beautiful. I’m a big fan of the Clinique Pop family and I think the Pop Splash was the only member I was missing. It’s essentially a lip gloss but even those who don’t like lip glosses might actually love this one. I certainly do. My shade Sorbet Pop is quite opaque (there are some that are more sheer and there’s something for everyone, from nude tones to berries and reds) and it’s a warm shimmery caramel nude that doesn’t sit glittery on the lips. It just makes them look a bit more plump. I’m quite surprised that it stays longer on my lips than I thought a gloss would and the colour doesn’t fade away that quickly. The best part is that it feels moisturising, thanks to the watermelon, lentil and apple fruit extracts. For me, that’s the best summer lip product and the packaging is stunning, as well, retro and modern at the same time.

A mix of travel-friendly and sun protection products, these are my beauty favourites for the month of June. What have you been loving in the past few weeks?

 

May Favourites

There’s one more day left in the month of May and I just wanted to show you a few of the products I’ve been enjoying using in the past few weeks. I’ve been testing so many items this month that I didn’t manage to share anything on the blog but I’m trying to be active on Instagram despite their algorithm getting worse and worse.

My skin is combination with shiny T-zone and visible pores. I also struggle with hyperpigmentation issues after blemishes heal, so about 6-7 weeks ago, I started using The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%. It’s supposed to reduce the appearance of spots, to balance the sebum production and brighten the skin. The texture of the serum is a bit gloopy but spreads easily and leaves a slightly sticky residue. I always follow with another product, so this isn’t a concern for me, it doesn’t interfere with the rest of my routine, I just make sure I’m not using Vitamin C when I’m applying this serum. I haven’t noticed a difference in terms of shine around my T-zone and the size of my pores but I’ve been definitely getting less spots (it also soothes active ones) and my pigmentation seems to be fading much faster than usual. My complexion looks brighter even if I use The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% only once a day. It’s suggested to use twice a day but I usually reach for Vitamin C in the morning and they shouldn’t be mixed together, so I use the serum mostly in the evening and about 30 minutes after applying Differin or any other retinoid. I know that Niacinamide helps my skin a lot, I’ve tried it in moisturisers, cleansers, serums and that’s a great budget option, so I really need to repurchase this product.

I’m back to Norway and I’m really happy to witness warmer and sunnier days. The sun here (whenever there is sunshine) shines much brighter and stronger than many other places I’ve been to and sun protection is very important for me, especially considering I’m using acids on a daily basis. And although I’m always on the hunt for the best face sunscreen for combination skin, I think I’ve found my favourite lip SPF. L’Occitane Pivoine Sublime Lip Balm SPF 25 in the shade Rose Nude is a tinted lip balm with added sun protection. It looks really bright in the bullet but it gives me just a hint of soft pink tint and a healthy sheen without being too shiny. The texture of the balm is smooth and feels weightless on the lips, it’s not thick like many lip balms with SPF. The cap twists off at the base and I think it’s a nice idea because often lipsticks and lip balms tend to open in handbags and then it can get quite messy and not really hygienic. I love that it’s tinted because I tend to apply only a face sunscreen and this lip balm on a Sunday morning and go out for a short run in the nature, it makes me look a bit more fresh without applying makeup but they also have a clear version of it.

In the past year, I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of items containing sulphates in my everyday life, mainly because of a skin issue that occured. And it hasn’t been that easy, to be fair. Everything around us contains sulphates and I often need to place online orders for products all the way from the US or go to specific shops where prices are much higher. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see a sulphate-free shampoo in my local supermarket. Unfortunately, the range doesn’t seem to cater an exact product for my type of hair but I picked up one of the shampoos. L’Oréal Paris Botanicals Fresh Care with Lavender Shampoo aims to soothe and nourish sensitive scalps and fine, fragile hair. My hair isn’t fine but my scalp is quite sensitive, so I decided to try it out. As a person who goes through shampoo incredibly quickly, I appreciate the fact that this one comes in a big 400 ml bottle with a pump that actually works and dispenses the right amount of product. It has a subtle lavender scent which I personally like but people who aren’t fans of herbal scents, probably wouldn’t be so happy about it. The formula is vegan and contains no sulphates, no parabens, colourants or silicones. It’s enriched with organic lavender essential oil, soya and coconut oils.  It leaves my hair clean but not stripped, it makes it soft, shiny and easy to manage, I really like this shampoo and I’m pleasantly surprised. The packaging is made from 100% recycled materials and I think I might try more from the range.

Usually, my hands are really dry in the winter but they get better during the warmer months even without the help of a hand cream. However, this year, I’ve been struggling a bit with the condition of my hands and a few weeks ago, it went to a point where my hands looked as if it’s December, peeling, bleeding and hurting. I decided to try the Neal’s Yard Remedies Geranium & Orange Hand Cream and it didn’t disappoint. I like to use it before going to bed because I’ll usually apply a thick layer of it but it actually sinks into the skin quite nicely. It has a subtle herbal scent and contains Glycerin, Soya Oil, Almond Oil, Beeswax, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice and 92% of the ingredients are of organic origin. It’s really nourishing and hydrating and I’d recommend it in any season.

But here is a summer favourite. I’ve had the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream for quite a while but when people said it had a lot of shimmer in it, I just wasn’t sure if I wanted to try it, at all. And then everyone thinking it’s a miracle product that would erase your cellulite, no, it won’t. But it contains antioxidants that have an anti-ageing effect, a blend of nourishing oils and caffeine and together they work to smooth out the skin, to support natural circulation and to lock in moisture. And that’s what this cream does without feeling heavy or leaving a sticky residue. I’m in love with the exotic nutty scent, it’s not overpowering or too sweet and lingers even on the next day. At first, the texture seems thick but the cream almost melts onto the skin and absorbs quite quickly leaving just a slight hydrating layer on top… and a lot of shimmer. That’s the only thing I dislike in this cream, it’s really shimmery and it’s the only shimmery product I keep using. And I even got a second tub of it.

It’s interesting how something doesn’t need to be perfect to be good and even amazing, more so when we talk about bodycare products. This is what I’ve been loving in the month of May when it comes to beauty and I guess we’re all ready to welcome the summer months.