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July Favourites

July is usually never an exciting month for me when it comes to beauty discoveries. It all seems to be paused, everyone’s on holiday and my routines are quite minimal.

But this year, I had the chance to try many products while I was away in Italy and hopefully, I’ll be sharing more about them in the next few weeks. In this monthly favourites post I’m featuring a couple of these products because I fell in love with them straight away.

One of them is the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser. I was surprised by the texture of this cleanser, as I was expecting it to be thick and even a bit drying. However, it feels light, at first it looks a bit like a clay mask or some sort of paste but it almost transforms into an oil when in contact with water. It’s purifying but also hydrating and my face feels really smooth and soft afterwards. At the beginning, I was a bit concerned because the formula contains 5% Glycolic Acid and my skin isn’t the biggest fan of this acid but it also has Hyaluronic Acid, Chamomile Extract and Avocado Oil, so the combination of these really seems to work for me at the moment. I’ve been using this mini as a morning cleanse or a second cleanse in the evening. Now I’m thinking about purchasing the full size because it’s not drying at all, feels amazing on the skin and leaves it fresh, clean and nourished.

It is not a secret that I adore floral waters and rose water was the first and only skincare product that I used when I was younger, even before my teenage years. The Alteya Organics Organic Bulgarian White Rose Water made me very curious because I’d never tried white rose water before. Rosa Alba is one of the rearest oil-bearing roses. Compared to rose water from the traditional Rosa Damascena, this one has lighter and a bit more delicate aroma but still has amazing soothing and calming properties, it’s softening and moisturising and rose water will forever be one of my favourite skin treats. It’s very gentle on the skin, it’s suitable for all skin types and can be used as a toner after cleansing, to refresh the skin during the day or after sun exposure, I also love using it when I travel and feel a bit dehydrated. They have different sizes and types of bottles, this is a huge 500 ml one but the little 100 ml spray version is really handy to have in a travel bag.

Origins Flower Fusion Sheet Masks are now some of my favourite sheet masks. There are six types and the ones I keep repurchasing most of the time are the Raspberry (it feels refreshing in a hot summer day) and Lavender (very soothing and calming before bed) ones. Here’s a link to my review on the five I’ve tried, so far.

The only base product I’ve been using in the past weeks has been the Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45. I’ve mentioned in my Simple Summer Makeup blog post that it would be too dark for me in the rest of the year but the shade is great at the moment because I’m tanned. I like that it’s a lightweight BB cream but provides medium coverage, it’s quick and easy to apply and stays on all day.

I reach for This MAC x Steve J & Yoni P Touch Me Baby* eyeshadow duo whenever I don’t have much time or just want a wash of colour that can make me look more fresh and presentable. I love how small and compact the packaging is while still being stable and having magnetic closure. The eyeshadow on the right is the popular Soba that is a wonderful golden brown everyday shade but the frosted light pink Keep on Twinkling (on the left side) is really beautiful for a touch of sparkle. They may not seem compatible when you first look at them in the pan but you’d be surprised what a great pair they actually are.

Leave-in conditioners are my thing and when they’re in a spray form and it’s summer, I can use them all the time. Kérastase Aura Botanica Essence d’Éclat* is a beautiful hair mist that I use on damp hair after washing it or on dry hair to make it look more shiny and soft. It smells lovely and the formula is bi-phased, containing Jojoba, Avocado, Coconut and Argan Oils. I’ve done a blog post on the whole Aura Botanica range and in case you haven’t seen it, here’s a link to it.

There’s a bit of all, skincare, haircare and makeup, in my July beauty favourites, so maybe there will be something for you, as well.

*PR Samples

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Natural & Organic Beauty Haul | Summer 2017


Natural and organic beauty products are getting more and more easy to find, there have been numerous times I’ve featured such items on my blog but I’ve never done a full post dedicated to them. Whenever I’m home, I try to support local businesses because I can only guess how hard it is to do something like this in a small country and it’s amazing when we share the same values.
So, when I finally got the chance to order something from this famous bio and natural shop called Zoya that actually ships to many European countries, as well, I couldn’t be more excited. I made two orders in separate weeks but I’m showing you all of the products I purchased and I can assure you, there will be a third time.

The first things I’d like to mention are actually home bits. I’ve heard so much about the I/TEMS scented candles that I got all four that were available online (I’m showing you only two because the other two were already in use) and I’m waiting for their new collection that should be launching soon. The scents I got are Black Vanilla, Sandalwood, Lavender and Rose. All of them create a lovely atmosphere, they are so different but none is too overpowering or sharp, they are so beautiful. The candles are hand poured and contain essential oils, the wicks are 100% cotton and the burn time is suggested to be around 40-60 hours.

The Soap Factorty soaps smell wonderful and they’re 100% natural, the scents I got are Orange & Cinnamon and Breeze (Ylang-Ylang). They also have shampoos, body washes, lip balms, face washes.

Then there are a few caffeine-free teas from English Tea Shop because they are easy to take when I travel.

It wouldn’t be me if I don’t get some chocolate and I haven’t tried anything from Casa Kakau before, so I went for the Dark & Almond chocolate. It’s and artisan and handmade chocolate, they’ve used stone grinder for the cocoa beans which are carefully selected beforehand.

You can always find an energy bar or two in my handbag because of my low blood pressure and the Musala with almond and cashew nuts sounded lovely. I’ve already tried some of the Leya raw bars with filling and this time I decided to get the Carrot-Raisins-Cardamom one. Also, the shop gave me two Trek flapjacks because I reached a certain amount of purchases in my basket.

It is no secret that I adore face mists, floral waters, toners… I just think they feel really refreshing on the skin and they do make a difference when I have them in my routine. Rose and Lavender oils are probably the most famous Bulgarian export, all the luxury brands get their supplies from here, it’s so precious and I always stock up on rose and lavender water when I’m home. The quality is amazing and let’s be honest, if you buy it abroad, it would be ten times more expensive.
Alteya Organics have all sizes and types of bottles you’d probably need and I love their 100 ml spray bottles that you can take even on the plane with you. Now I regret not getting a few more but I’m pretty happy with the Organic Bulgarian Rose Water, Organic Bulgarian Melissa Water which I’ve never tried before and the 500 ml Organic Bulgarian White Rose Water. White roses are some of the rarest that you can find (I mean the type you can use to extract oils from), so it’s very special for me to have a bottle of it. The Juniper Water from Damascena is meant to balance oily/combination and blemish-prone skin and to tighten the pores, so I’m really excited to try it.

There are two micellar waters in my basket, I’ve been trying to find the Madara Micellar Water with Hyaluronic Acid for years and I’m really happy I finally purchased it. It’s only 100 ml and it’s pricey but it contains Rose Water and Lactic Acid and my skin loves this acid.
The second one comes in a 50 ml bottle and I got it because I need it for my next trip, it’s from Cattier and has similar ingredients to the Madara one – Rose Water, Lactic Acid but also Sweet Almond Oil.

The Zoya Goes Pretty Rosehip Face Balm is for mum because she has dry skin and I’ve heard many people talk about this product and how good it is. It also has Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil in it and she already started using it as her evening moisturiser.

I got only one haircare product and it’s once again because of my upcoming trip. I’ve been meaning to try Andalou Naturals shampoos for so long and I have high hopes for this mini of their Argan Stem Cell Shampoo. I can’t say I have thinning hair but what attracted me to this shampoo was the promise to leave the hair really clean but also nourished.

There are a few more things that I’m not featuring here today but I have to say I’m really excited about the raspberry wine because it’s something I can never find in Norway. I’d like to mention that some products are meant for friends or my boyfriend’s relatives and as much as I love shopping and trying new products, I never keep so many things for myself.
I did shop from one place only but I’m not sponsored or told to mention it, they don’t even know I have a (small) blog. I genuinely enjoy shopping on their website, they even contacted me when one of the products I wanted wasn’t available and asked if I could wait a day in order to receive it with the rest of my purchases. This means a lot to me and I can’t wait to get more natural and organic items.