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November Favourites


I feel like now it’s finally acceptable to talk about the festive season or at least about Christmas decoration, advent calendars and plans for the holiday menu. I love baking and I adore doing it at this time of the year because the scent that lingers around the kitchen is just one of a kind. It’s hard for me to control myself with the amount of food I cook and bake around the holidays and it gets even more tough knowing that this year, it’s only me and my boyfriend and eating all I’m planning on making, is kind of impossible. But don’t worry, we don’t throw away food, so I’ll have to narrow down my list.
However, something that is happening much sooner is opening the advent calendars and the child in me is  really excited (not that I had more than a small chocolate calendar when I was little but it was still an amazing feeling) to see what’s behind each door.
But before this, I’d like to share some of my most-loved beauty bits in November.

A few days ago, Dr. Sam Bunting announced her second launch from her skincare range, a moisturiser. And while I still haven’t tried it, I wanted to mention the product that started her new adventure, the Flawless Cleanser. I’ve been following Dr. Sam’s advice for a long time and I know I can always trust her because it just sounds like she talks to me and about me and my skin and I really get results when I follow her tips. Her cleanser is everything you would want from a cleanser. It comes in a pump bottle that is really simple and easy to use, the product inside is a jelly, feels great on the skin and it’s even soothing. It’s fragrance-free, removes impurities, makeup and sunscreen, doesn’t clog pores and doesn’t leave a residue. I like that it’s a non-foaming cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin and even sensitive and blemish-prone skins can use it.

In a recent Instagram post I shared a bit more about the new Scandinavian skincare line from Dr. Ankerstjerne and I said that their Superfood Multipurpose Vitamin Face Gel* is the absolute star of the range for me. I use the gel as a serum every other evening in my skincare routine. The formula is packed with my favourite  Niacinamide (4%) and also contains 5% Dexpanthenol, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Sea Buckthorn Extract rich in Vitamin C. It can be used on its own, as well but applying it before my evening moisturiser is my preferred method and the way it works best for me. The gel improves skin’s natural barrier function and I can see how my hyperpigmentation fades quicker after blemishes heal, it brightens my complexion and it also feels quite hydrating on the skin. I feel like this would be a staple in both, warmer and colder months, it’s a gorgeous product and I also appreciate that they’re using airless technology that keeps the  ingredients fresh in the tube. The texture is very lightweight and absorbs easily into the skin, I don’t feel any stinging or irritation and the only thing that I mentioned on Instagram, as well, is that I hope they will consider making it fragrance-free. Otherwise, it’s a brilliant skincare item.

There are a few makeup products I’ve been absolutely crazy about and they all come from this year’s Estée Lauder Blockbuster which is in fact, fantastic! I’m starting with the only two palettes I’ve been using since I got the set. They both have the name Pure Color Envy Eye and Cheek Palette but one is in Nudes and the second one is called Glam. From the latter I actually use mainly the Sculpting Blush in Rebel Rose which is a stunning rosy plum shade with a satin finish. The colour is buldable and the texture is easy to blend and work with. This is my favourite shade for blushes especially in the autumn/winter season and I rarely alternate it with other blushes right now. I’m simply in love with this one.
The other palette contains more neutral eyeshadow shades that look sophisticated, they’re not the most pigmented eyeshadows but as a person who likes a simple and natural look, I find them them perfect. The Bronze Goddess Bronzer in Medium has a slight shimmer running through when you look at it in the pan and I thought I’d hate it but to be fair, I love this bronzer and I don’t detect any shimmer when I apply it on my skin. It gives dimension to my face and warms it up a bit, it doesn’t look orange or muddy, it gives a bit of a healthy glow and the texture is a dream to apply. It might be my favourite bronzer ever.
Last but not least, their Pure Color Envy Lipstick in the shade 420 Rebellious Rose (warm rose shade that looks quite opaque) just proves once again that the range has one of the most beautiful lipstick formulas out there. It’s incredibly pigmented but creamy at the same time, it’s comfortable to wear, it doesn’t dry out the lips and fades just as beautiful. For such a creamy lipstick the staying power of over 4 hours on me is more than impressive. I love the regular Estée Lauder lipstick cases but I absolutely adore the Christmas packaging that the lipstick comes in this year. So luxurious and beautiful.

And with these holiday bits, it’s time to welcome the upcoming festive month and hope for it to be a good one!

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October Favourites


With Christmas decoration being displayed in stores since September, we’re slowly approaching the festive season. As much as I love the holidays, it seems to me that everything has gotten so consumerist and money-oriented that it kills the magic of Christmas. Everyone is waiting just for the gifts and not the time with their loved ones. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not innocent, we’re all part of it, I myself have a few beauty advent calendars that I can’t wait to open. That being said, for me this is actually an escape from reality, as I’ll be away from home and I really miss my family, so I’m kind of trying to fill the emptiness in my life with advent calendars. Which doesn’t make me a better person, of course, I’m one of those to blame for our materialistic society, as well. But before this gets deeper, let me switch to the topic that we’re here for today.
I’ve been reading so many books lately and I’ve fallen in love with several but I never talk about them in beauty favourites posts, not sure why, I’ve just decided to keep this type of posts only beauty related but I like to share a bit more on my Instagram.

When it comes to skincare though, I have to say, I’m starting to like CeraVe products a lot. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser is my most-used cleanser at the moment and there’s a good reason for that. It’s gentle, it’s effective and I love the big bottle, it’s going to last me months athough I sometimes wash my hands with it. It’s actually meant to be used on face and body, I tend to just wash my face with it but sometimes when I apply hair oil after drying my hair and have to do something immediately afterwards, normal soap just doesn’t get rid of the greasy feel on my hands, so CeraVe does the job. It feels like a lotion rather than a gel and is packed with ceramides to help the natural barrier function of the skin. It’s also fragrance- and soap-free and it’s really easy to wash it off.
I’d like to add that for me this isn’t going to remove makeup and sunscreen, I prefer to use a makeup remover and then continue with the CeraVe Cleanser. It’s great as a morning cleanse or a second cleanse in the evening but I think you’d need something else to take your makeup off.
Another favourite from CeraVe is this Renewing SA Foot Cream that me and my boyfriend have been using for several weeks. My feet get very dry in the winter no matter how much I exfoliate and moisturise them. This foot cream is really affordable, so I decided to give it a go when I noticed it at the pharmacy. I was surprised how quickly it made a difference, in less than a week my feet felt much softer and nourished. The formula contains AHA (Ammonium Lactate which is the ammonium salt of Lactic Acid and has anti-bacterial properties) and BHA (Salicylic Acid to exfoliate and smooth rough skin), Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid.  It’s quite a thick cream but spreads easily and absorbs almost instantly, feels comfortable and non-greasy and it’s now a staple in my winter care.
There are so many products from the brand that I’d like to try now but unfortunately, not all of them are available in Europe.

And staying on the winter care page, I love a good multi-purpose moisturiser. I like to have one or two in my bag and use them on my hands and cuticles or on top of my cheekbones that tend to get flaky in the icy wind in Norway. But I’ve been using the Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm in Peach only as a lip mask, although you can apply it anywhere where you’d use a multi-purpose moisturiser. I just prefer it as a lip   healer because it’s a thick, waxy, glossy balm that stays on for hours (when I wake up on the following morning it feels as if I’ve just applied it) and pretty much can’t be washed off. I picked up the peach-scented one but it doesn’t really smell of peaches, it just has added Peach Kernel Oil and Vitamin E to the formula. It comes with a pointy applicator but I always use my finger to get the amount needed just because it’s too thick to be spread with the applicator. I’m in love with the retro packaging, as well and I’m looking forward to trying their hand creams.

My skin is combination, with oily T-zone but when cold hits, my cheeks get really dry and flaky and even the center of my face can be on the dryer side. This mini of the Farmacy Honey Potion has been a must for me lately. It’s a really interesting face mask, feeling like honey because in fact, Echinacea GreenEnvy Honey is one of the main ingredients and is full of natural antioxidants. When I apply the thick mask on my face and start massaging it for a couple of minutes, it actually feels warm and transforms into a cream, then I leave it on for about 20 minutes and wash it off. It washes off easily and reveals radiant complexion. It does make a change in my skin appearance and it feels much more hydrated with less flaky areas. That’s a second Farmacy product I’ve been loving lately.

I’m back with an old favourite with this Burt’s Bees Lipstick in 530 Lily Lake. This is my second tube of it and I’m already halfway through, it’s just an easy choice and it’s perfect for this time of the year because of the shade and because it’s balmy and hydrating on the lips. I love this mauve pink colour, it looks good on everyone and makes you feel a bit more awake and fresh. And the lipstick is comfortable to wear with its formula enriched with Moringa and Raspberry Seed Oils, Beeswax  and Vitamin E to soften and condition the lips. For me it’s a lipstick and lip balm in one but having in mind that the brand’s lip balms are some of my favourites, it’s no surprise. Also, the packaging is made from 60% recycled materials, so it’s even more special. There’s a great variety of beautiful shades, brighter or more nude, that are quite opaque for such a balmy formula and although they don’t last that long on the lips, I don’t really mind reapplying them.

Now, it’s time to put on the chunky knits and tackle the last day of October!

 

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!

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!