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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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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?