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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.

My 3-Step Skincare Routine | Summer 2018


Ever since my sunscreen drama happened in the summer of 2017, my makeup menu significantly reduced its size and my skin has been feeling much better. But when the summer season arrives, I’m now trying to go quite minimal on the skincare front, as well. I’ve never been one to do 11-step routines anyway but the dermatologist that has been helping me the most suggested that I skipped moisturiser in the warmer days and just opt for a hydrating sunscreen. As for the evenings, a lightweight serum or cream are still a must because I need something nourishing after applying my retinoid.
In this post I wanted to share the base of my routine at the moment and I’d like to mention that I’m not featuring face masks that I usually do twice a week and my retinoid is still Differin for most of the time but I tend to use it only 3-4 times a week in the summer. Sometimes I’ll switch it up and use a different product but the main idea is still the same.
My morning rituals start with a cleanse and continue with a serum and a sunscreen while in the evening after cleansing, I’ll apply an acid toner (only if I’m not using retinoid that day) and then finish off with something moisturising.

Morning routine

Cleanse: I’ve been using the COSRX Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser in the past few weeks and although I think it’s a bit too early to give my final thoughts on it, my first impressions are quite positive. One of the most important things in a cleanser for me is to be soap-free and that was the main reason why I picked this one up. It has a gel texture which is my favourite for a morning cleanse and feels really refreshing and purifying but doesn’t leave my skin dry or stripped. Before using it, I thought it would be good just in the summer but it’s so mild and gentle that I see myself reaching for it in the winter, as well. I think packaging could be improved and if you don’t like the smell of tea tree oil, this one would really irritate you but so far, I like the soft and clean feel of the cleanser.

Serum: When I first visited my current dermatologist and shared with her my routine, she replied: “You really know your ingredients, don’t you?”. I love skincare, I read a lot and one of the best ingredients I’ve come across must be niacinamide. Years ago, I’d been using it even without knowing it was part of my favourite products. Niacinamide improves the appearance of enlarged pores, fine lines, uneven skin tone and dullness but it also helps the skin barrier function and reduces the damage that the environment around us can cause. Garden of Wisdom Niacinamide Serum is a product I got a few weeks ago and it’s probably my favourite affordable option I’ve tried. I can’t wait to pick up some more items from the brand’s range because I can see how this serum helps regulate the oil production and my complexion has been looking brighter since I started using it.

Sunscreen: That’s the hardest one to find. I’ve made so many mistakes with sunscreens, they’ve done a lot of damage to my skin mainly by clogging my pores and I still think there isn’t a really sophisticated sunscreen that can also give you the best protection possible. At least that’s the case with combination/oily and blemish-prone skin. You always have to sacrifice something when it comes to sun protection. But let this not be the health of our skin. That’s why I prefer to look a bit shiny  but to still be protected from the sun. Luckily, the Heliocare Color Gelcream SPF 50 doesn’t look that shiny and feels incredibly lightweight. I love this tinted SPF and I’ve been reaching for it almost every day since I got it. I’ve also featured it in my July Favourites post and if I’m using a clear sunscreen, I’d probably go for something like the Kiss My Face SPF 30 Sensitive Side (part of my June Favourites) which takes a bit longer to absorb and looks a lot more dewy on my combination skin but it doesn’t break me out.

Evening routine

Last summer I was not allowed to use micellar water as it can aggravate the skin problems sometimes but as it’s all gone now, it’s back on my shelf. I just like taking off the majority of my makeup and sunscreen before cleansing because smearing all the dirt, mascara and foundation with cleansing balm/oil all over my face is something that truly disgusts me. After removing the top layer, I can calmly proceed towards the proper cleansing.

Cleanse: I start by soaking two cotton pads with the Simple Micellar Water, I just find it to be one of the most gentle ones out there. I’ve been really liking the Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm lately, it’s the first cleansing balm that doesn’t break me out and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. It’s such a nice cleanser that removes impurities and it’s easy to wash off with a hot cloth but also hydrates the skin and doesn’t irritate it. The balm contains Sunflower Oil and Ginger Root Oil to cleanse and nourish the skin, Moringa tree extract to purify, Papaya Extract which is a natural exfoliator and a blend of Lime, Bergamot and Orange essential oils. Yes, essential oils… essential oils were the ingredients that made me feel unsure whether I wanted to try this balm or not. I’m not a fan of essential oils in skincare, they break me out and irritate my skin. Like I said, this cleansing balm doesn’t break me out but if you’re with sensitive, acne-prone skin, I’d suggest getting a sample before committing to the full size.
Otherwise, it’s the most beautiful cleansing balm I’ve ever tried, it has a such a lovely texture and feel to it.
I’m curious to know if anyone can share a comparison between this cleansing balm and the Banila Co. one because the latter is next up on my wishlist.

Acid Toner: There’s no surprise here, I’ve been reaching for my old favourite Pixi Glow Tonic, it’s a great resurfacer, it gives a beautiful glow to the skin and keeps me blemish-free. I need to get the huge pump bottle!

Moisturiser: It’s a bit difficult to pick an evening moisturiser because I’ve been trying quite a few lately but one that I seem to always go back to is the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid. It’s another product with ingredient that I’m trying to avoid, this time alcohol but it makes such a difference to my skin. It makes it look so plump and healthy, it’s so soothing and nourishing without being heavy, I really love it. I use it on its own in the summer (I especially enjoy it on a day when I’m using Differin, it’s so calming when I apply it 30 minutes after the retinoid) but when it’s colder I use it as a serum. Ceramides protect skin from moisture loss and damage from pollution, they also have anti-ageing properties. I’ve tried the whole Ceramidin range from Dr. Jart+ and I think there’s a product for everyone in it, I’m lucky to have my skin getting along with all of the products but friends with oily skin prefer the liquid or the gel cream while my boyfriend’s dry skin asks for the cream.

I’m really pleased with my current minimal routine, I feel like I’m giving my skin what it needs without layering too many products while it’s still hydrated and plump.
Do you reduce the amount of products you use in the warmer days?

Valencia Beauty Haul | Sephora, Pharmacy, Online Purchases

Before heading to Valencia, I didn’t think of getting any beauty products there, it didn’t cross my mind, at all. I was just dreaming of long walks in the sun, enjoying the palm trees, the flowers and the oranges that you can see everywhere in the city.

But then I passed by Sephora… and went inside. I was thinking that I hadn’t ordered any beauty items since March, so I just wanted to take a look. I usually order from the US Sephora but shipping and taxes are insane and many brands can’t be shipped out to Europe, so I’m always happy to see brands that are available mainly (if not only) in the US.

I’m turning into a big Farmacy fan, I’ve tried a few of their products and I was really hoping to see their sunscreen in Spain but unfortunately, they said you can’t find it in Europe, at all. So, I picked up their Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm, hoping that it would be the first cleansing balm that I’d like. Somehow cleansing balms always break me out, feel heavy and leave a residue. So far, I’ve found only a couple of cleansing oils that perform well on my skin which makes me think that balms and oils just aren’t for me and I really want this one to prove me wrong.
After stocking up on the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Liquid a couple of months ago, now we got the Cream in full size. My boyfriend and I have mini version of the whole range and we both love the cream and the liquid, so we decided to get the original size. I was really surprised, considering my boyfriend’s dry skin and my combination type but it’s nice that one product can be good on several skin types. It’s a really hydrating moisturiser, it helps skin’s natural barrier properties and gives a plump look to it. Then I picked up two sheet masks because I wanted to try a few more from TONYMOLY, as I really liked their Tomato one. Actually, I don’t use sheet masks that often but the two that I got were the Seaweed one that should be purifying and the Orange Sheet Mask that is supposed  to be brightening and refreshing.
I have to say, the section with the minis is the part I’m mostly excited about whenever I’m in Sephora, I just can’t help it, I’m always curious to see all the travel size products. From the display there, I picked up another Beautyblender. I don’t use foundation that often nowadays but I like to have a backup of this makeup sponge, it’s the best tool for base application that I’ve found.
When I saw the mini of the Phyto Phytoelixir Intense Nutrition Mask, I had to have it. I was looking for a treatment for my ends and this mini seemed great to try and see how it works. I’ve used it only once, so far but I really like it. It’s rich but doesn’t weigh down the hair and doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. It also has a beautiful scent and gives shine to the hair. I think they had a mini of the oil from the same range, as well and now I regret not picking that one up, too.
I think I screamed a little bit when I saw the Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50! I’ve always been curious about the brand’s sunscreens but they were impossible to get in Europe. The only product that they had in Valencia was this mini but it was enough for me to get excited, I haven’t tried it yet but I’ll be soon sharing thoughts on it for sure.

In the near of Sephora they had this amazing pharmacy filled with all types of brands, some of them were Spanish ones and I feel bad for not reading a bit more beforehand because now I regret not purchasing some of their products. Hopefully next time! At least I got the Heliocare Color Gelcream SPF 50 in Light and I couldn’t be happier. I know that I’ve used it only a couple of times but I think I might have found my new favourite tinted sunscreen. It doesn’t break me out and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, it leaves a bit of a dewy finish but nothing too shiny or greasy. It has a slight tint to it that actually gives pretty good coverage without being thick or masking. The technology that Heliocare are using works against premature ageing, cellular damage, hyperpigmentation and weakening the skin’s natural barrier function. I can’t wait to start wearing it on a regular basis and I already want to try to find a backup.
I couldn’t miss getting a giant 300 ml bottle of the Avène thermal water spray, I always have a few at home and a mini in my bag, especially in the summer.
A few months ago I tried to order the Caudalie Grape Water because I’ve been curious about the brand for so long but somehow I never got the chance to try it. Unfortunately, the customs considered the package dangerous and it never got to me, so I finally picked up a bottle of it. However, the display at the pharmacy was so pretty that I wanted to get something else from Caudalie but I wasn’t sure what. Then I noticed this travel set that contains Micellar Cleansing Water, Premier Cry Eye Cream, Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet, Hand & Nail Cream and Lip Conditioner, a beautiful little selection.

When I came back home I noticed one of my orders had arrived. I purchased three products that everyone talks about, so I wanted to see for myself if they’re really that good. COSRX have a great range of skincare, I use some of their products and I really like them, so I decided to try their Low pH Morning Gel Cleanser and the AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid. I’ve heard so many positive reviews on them that I can’t wait to put them to the test.
It’s been years since I first started trying to get my hands on the Bioré Aqua Rich Water Essence SPF 50+ and I always failed. This is probably my most desired sunscreen, I’ve always wanted to know why it is so special and I hope I’m soon going to find out. The only concern for me is that many say it’s too drying but I just hope my skin would like this sunscreen. I might need to get some of the Missha ones next because I feel like I’m on a mission to find the most lightweight, non-greasy but still effective sunscreen that doesn’t clog pores. It’s actually really difficult and whenever it comes to spf products, I envy my mum and my boyfriend with their dry skin and how much they enjoy applying sun creams, looking like they’ve just washed their faces, clean and pure while I’m just shiny and my pores get clogged.

I’m quite pleased with myself this time, I’d normally behave like a child in a candy store but I feel like my beauty shopping this time was not so out of control, I got products that I really need or I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. Now to the fun part, trying them all out… one by one, of course.