Odacité Serum Oils

Monday, 11 December 2017

Two more weeks till Christmas guys! Can’t believe it but it’s happening and I’m so ready for it. I hope you have sorted out your Christmas gifts already but if you haven’t, and need some idea on what to get for your girlfriends, mums, aunties etc. just stay with me girl, I'll hook you up! I'm not planning on doing a Christmas gift guide sort of post because I just think everyone has a different idea when it comes to gifts but I have been loving a green beauty brand lately and I think it could make a great gift for someone who loves clean beauty products so let me show you what I have been loving and hopefully you'd love them too.

Now have you heard of Odacité Skincare? I've discovered this brand a while back through @hiddenharmonyworld and @theboxwalla and I have been hooked ever since. It is, in my opinion, one of the best skincare brands in the beauty world today. Odacité does the cutes serum oils to suit every skin type and concern, they all come in this little dark dropper glass bottles to prevent lights and they are designed to be mixed with your daily moisturisers but if you have mature skin and need some concentrated care to target certain skin issues like fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, age spots etc. you can certainly use them on their own for a more visible result, and that's one of the reasons why I love this brand. 

The serums oils I have are *Pa + G which is Papaya-Geranium and this one is targeted for hyperpigmentations, and the other one is Ba + S which is Baobab-Sarsaparilla and it's best to use around the delicate eye areas. Both of them are made with organic cold-pressed wild crafted virgin oils that are grade the highest and are 100% natural. They are vegan-friendly and GMO-free

I use Pa + G with the *Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Cream as my morning moisturiser and it's the best combo for all skin types. I use 2 drops of the serum oil and 3 pumps of the cream to create the perfect consistency and my skin looks hydrated, plumped, brightened and balanced. I love the smell of this serum, it's very minty and lavendery which instantly wakes me up and puts me in a good mood. 

(Pa + G mixed with the Time Release Cream) 

One thing I want to mention is that these serum oils are so light, they sink in instantly, my skin never feels greasy or sticky so if you have oily skin and struggle to find the perfect serum oil, these will do the trick. 

I have a full detailed review on Pa + G and the Time Release Cream so if you are interested, I'll link it here for ya. Again, this is a great combo for all skin types and I think it would make a great present for any skincare junkies. 

As for the Ba + S, I use it as my eye serum/cream. It absorbs quickly and it makes a great primer for concealers as well. I don't mix this one with any other products because when it comes to eye creams, I like them to be strong and potent in order to prevent fine lines and wrinkles and I think this one does a great job to give that anti-ageing effect as Baobab is rich in Vitamin A, E & F that are magnificent for targeting all signs of ageing around the fragile eye area. I use one drop for both eyes, and I strongly suggest that you tab and pat it on for at least 30 seconds, this way it also brightens the under eyes so dark circles do not appear as visible. 

If you can't tell already, I'm obsessed with these. They are not the cheapest serums in the world considering you only get 5ml in each bottle but a little goes a long way as you only need 2 drops to mix with moisturisers and 1 drop on its own so it's not that bad. I definitely will purchase more of the serum oils in the future. The cream is nice but it definitely needs the serum to be more effective. 

So I hope this post has helped you in terms of last-minute present ideas, I mean if my husband gets some of these for my Christmas present, I would be very happy so, think about it and Happy Holidays! 


Love from Hawaii - Leahlani Skincare

Monday, 4 December 2017

Aloha beauties! Today, I want to talk about Leahlani Skincare. Now if you love green beauty, you have to try Leahlani's products as they are handmade freshly from Hawaii with tropical beauty oils, vibrant botanical actives and one more ingredient that we all need in this world - LOVE. I love the look of her products, her packaging is simple but elegant, I love that she uses clean but effective ingredients and I adore how her products smell - so fresh, clean, light and natural. I'm obsessed and I think I need order more of them. 

I have purchased a few of her best selling products directly from her website, and she offers 10% off with your first purchase so I'm pretty happy about that as her products are not the cheapest in the world but certainly worth trying. 

If you could buy one thing and one thing only from Leahlani, I would highly recommend her Bohemian Ruby Balancing Toning Mist. It retails for $32 which is quite pricey for just a toner but boy is it worth it! It's so refreshing and hydrating but for me, the scent is a winner. OMG, it smells divine, like a mixture of lavender and rose, it's beautiful. Plus I love that it's infused with Purified Rose Quartz Gemstones which help to balance the skin and bring positive vibes in life. This toner is best for dry skin and someone who is sensitive i.e redness and inflammation. I can't recommend it enough but one thing I hope it could be improved is the spray bottle, it's beautiful don't get me wrong but the spray is nowhere near "fine". I had to de-pot in another bottle in order to get that fine, soft mist. This is sort of poke-me-in-the-eye mist which is not something I'm keen on but you can certainly spray some on the palm of your hands and pat it on your face. 

Another favourite of mine is her Mermaid Mask. She describes it as Superfood for Your Skin and that's exactly what it is. Again, I'm a big fan of the scent, can't quite put my fingers on what exactly it smells like but it's good enough to eat, I'll tell ya that! This mask is great for purifying/hydrating the skin for that "Aloha Glow" as Leahlani says, and I love that it has honey it in, well Organic Hawaiian Raw Honey to be exact, and it feels so good on the skin. Honey is my No.1 favourite skincare ingredient because it's soothing, it fights blemishes and it adds nutrients to the skin. It gives a healthy glow plus it makes the skin look even and balanced. 

If you don't know, Leahlani also makes perfumes but not your average full-of-chemical/alcohol perfumes, perfumes that are made with organic cold pressed skin loving oils, and some of them are also infused with organic extracts and essential oils. They are all free from Phthalate and alcohol which is so cool and I love that they are in roller balls for easy application. 

I've purchased two which are PIKAKE - a Jasmine based perfume and MAHANA (organic) which is coconut and vanilla scented. My favourite has to be MAHANA because it just reminds me of being on a beautiful tropical island, laying on a white sand beach and sipping Piña colada. 😍

As for PIKAKE, I thought this would be my No.1 favourite because I love anything jasmine scented but it's kinda strong, I have to be careful how much I use, if I roll on too much, it makes me a little nauseous, but that being said it does smell nice though plus I love that the oils are light, feather light actually and sinks in almost instantly. The scent lasts pretty well but a touch-up is definitely needed if you are out all day. 

The product I wanted to try the most from her brand is the Honey Love 3-in-1 Exfoliator and it turns out to be the most disappointing item in the bunch. It supposed to be cleanse, exfoliate and mask all in one but as far as I'm concerned, this is really just an exfoliating mask but it's not made for someone who has delicate skin. It has crushed up microdermabrasion crystals that are so harsh for the skin, as soon as I put it on, it just scratched the hell out of it. My skin was red, raw and "hurt". 

(honestly, even with the mask on, I could still see how red my skin was) 

If you have sensitive skin, I think you better seek for other options, but if you have normal skin feel free to give it a go. It has a little tingle to it which means it's working but my skin does not agree with it. I don't know if is the tingle or the scratchy crystals, my skin just feels really uncomfortable, trust me, when I say uncomfortable I mean it. I'm someone who is used to applying something like the Ordinary 30% AHA and BHA Peeling Solution and it tingles like nobody's business but The Honey Love is something else, it's by no means strong but it makes my skin red and raw. It's not a bad product, it's just not for me. Again, I like the scent, I like that it has honey but that's about it. I'm gonna try it on my lips and body as a scrub so hopefully, it'd nice. I'll report back. 

All in all, I adore Leahlani Skincare, in fact, I have my eyes on her Bless Beauty Balm so yes I would give a solid 4.5 out of 5, her products are lovely, natural and simple but before you make a purchase, be sure to read products descriptions and see if they are made for your skin types, and if you can, get a sample first. 

Have you tried anything from Leahlani? 

November Favourites

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Mannn, I feel like I haven't done a favourite post in a long time, and honestly, I have accumulated a lot to share with you today. It's gonna be a long one so go grab yourselves a cuppa and we shall begin! 

I have to talk about this Jordan Samuel Plié Treatment Cleanser (Now it's called The After Show Treatment Cleanser, same formula but different names) together with his new Skincare Cloth first because these two are my most loved products of the month. In fact, there's not one product that I've tried from JS that I have not loved, he just creates some of the best products in the skincare industry today! This cleanser not only smells incredible like candies but also takes off all trace of makeup including waterproof ones and leaves the skin feeling fresh and clean. It reminds me a lot of the Renaissance Cleanser by Oskia but I have to say I love this one more, now that's a pretty bold statement coming from a Renaissance fan but Plié feels much smoother, and I love the simple tube packaging. I feel like the Renaissance Cleanser runs out a lot faster, it just doesn't last as long and with the pump bottle, there's always gonna be a little left in there, and with that price tag, it's just not good enough. 

For the face cloth, as JS calls it the Skincare Cloth, it's probably the best I've tried. It's ultra soft, it's duo sided for different skin needs and the best part? It's the "huge". It's so much bigger than your average cloth (it's bigger than my beloved Emma Hardie ones) so I can really "steam" my whole face with it (I like to run it under hot water and leave it on my face for a couple of minutes to really open up the pores plus it feels really calming) and clean it in one go. Seriously, these two products together would really change your cleansing game. I highly recommend trying them out! 

And speaking of trying good skincare products, I have really been enjoying the *Tri Doshic Face Serum and *Tri Doshic Toner by Aroma Veda who does some of the best organic skincare products in the green beauty world. They've sent me a collection of their face and body products but these two stands out the most to me. The serum is light in texture but it's very nourishing on the skin, sinks in instantly, and leaves a healthy glow that doesn't look or feel greasy. The toner is refreshing and hydrating, and I love the mist is so fine, perfect for refreshing your look whenever and wherever. They both smell kind of herbal but they're not potent by no means. I love that the serum has Rosehip oil, Argan oil, jojoba oil and all that nourishing ingredients so it's great for all skin types and is definitely a winter skincare essential. 

Another skin care product that I have been falling head over heels with for the past month is the Leahlani Mermaid Mask. She describes it as Superfood For the Skin and that's exactly what it is. It's made mainly with Organic Hawaiian Raw Honey which feels so nourishing to the skin. Honey is the No.1 skincare ingredient that I absolutely adore. My skin loves honey, if I have spots, redness or I'm just feeling dry, honey would sort it all out. I love this mask, and I'm going to do a full blog post on Leahlani Skincare because I have purchased some other products from her line and I want to give you more details of how they are so stay tuned.  

I got this Sunday Riley C.E.O. moisturiser as my Sephora point perks and boy do I love it! It's a Vitamin C based cream and it's good for dullness, dryness and uneven skin tones. I haven't noticed anything in that brightening area but I do like that it's hydrating without being greasy and the tangerine scent is unbelievably gorgeous! 

Last skincare fave is the *Witch Hazel Toner by Maple Holistics. If you are looking for a toner that's calming, soothing, hydrating and all natural, look no further. It does it all. Sometimes I don't have time to wash my face in the morning, I just pour some of it in a big cotton pad and sweep it all over my face. It's like cleanse + tone in one. Sounds good huh! This toner retails for $25 which might seem a lot but you do get a decent amount in the bottle (8oz which is about 240ml) and if you'd like to try it without paying the full size first, feel free to get their samples at no cost here. I personally love when companies offer free samples so I don't waste my money on products that don't work for my skin. Ohh, and have I mentioned that Maple Holistics is cruelty-free? 

Let's move onto hair. My new hair routine which consists of only 2 products and they have been nothing but a huge saviour. I use the *1001 Remedies Treasure Oil once a week as a deep hair and scalp treatment. It's 100% Argan oil but it doesn't weigh down my hair and bear in mind that I have oily hair. I like to massage 10 pumps into my roots and work all the way down to the ends for about 3 to 4 minutes and leave it to work its magic for roughly an hour. This really helps to penetrate all the goodness of Argan oil into my hair and scalp. Then I wash it off with *Maple Holistics Tea Tree Oil Shampoo as this one is great for someone who has greasy hair, and someone that gets blemishes on their scalps like me. It creates a rich lather and my hair feels really soft and clean after. I love that it's made with all natural ingredients without paraben and sulphate. This combo is really winning it for me, and I love that they promote healthy hair growth so if you are experiencing hair loss or you have thin/fine hair in general, you might want to give these a go. 

Now as for makeup, Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows is a must have as it colours and sets all in one. It's a great product for lazy ones like me. I have the darkest shade (Supermodel) in the range and it's the perfect colour and I love that it's not on the warm side. The tip is so thin and fine so it really just gets in there and coats every single brow hair that you have, and I'm very impressed with the stain power. It lasts all day and it's somewhat waterproof. 

(excuse of my bushy brows, I'm due for a trim)

I think you are probably sick of me talking about how much I love the Shimmer Stick in Sinamon by Fenty Beauty but honestly, this is the only highlighter, blusher and eyeshadow that I have been using lately. it's so freaking gorgeous and I love that it's a multitasker. I cannot recommend it enough! 

Another brow favourite is the Anastasia DipBrow Pomade that I literally see everywhere on social media, and now I know why because it is one of the best brow products on the market. It stays put, it's easy to use, and it gives precision when it comes to filling in the brow, and you can make it natural or you can go all out for that draw on effect if you are into it. I got this sample from Sephora and I think I might have to get the full size. I use the shade in Ash Brown and it's the perfect match. 

Phewwww... If you've made this far I applaud you. Sorry about the long post but the last favourite is the Scrub Love Body Scrub in Coconut Cranberry. I've always loved their coffee scrubs so I've decided to try the coconut one and it's pretty amazing too. It doesn't smell coconut at all but the cranberry scent is unreal, so delicious and so good. I like that it's a real scrub meaning it's "harsh" in the best way possible so it's really effective when it comes to eliminating dead skin cells. But if I have to, I would go back to the original coffee scrubs because they are, without a doubt, my favourite ones of all time.  

That's it. These are my November Favourites. I'm thinking about skipping the December one and instead, I'll do a 2017 Faves. What ya think? 

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Take Your Glow To the Next Level with Match Stix Shimmer SkinSticks by Fenty Beauty Rihanna

Monday, 20 November 2017

I used to go crazy on makeup, makeup trends and latest makeup products but ever since I got into green beauty (mostly skincare) I never really care about those anymore, after all, having a clear and healthy skin means a lot more than just piling on tons of makeup to me, but that being said, I am still into natural, minimal but glowy look so today, I want to share with you my current makeup finds that have completely changed my makeup game, and yes, I'm sure you have guessed it from the title, these Match Stix Shimmer SkinSticks from Fenty Beauty that is created by the talented singer Rihanna are everything and beyond. 

Now Fenty Beauty is not a green makeup brand by no means but I just had to get these sticks because they all look gorgeous plus the packaging is so pretty and easy to travel with. They are magnetic which is a good surprise, pretty top-notch-quality weighty but fit in nicely in my makeup bag. They have no scent which I appreciate, and I just love how versatile these are. They can be used on cheeks, lips and/or eyes depending on the shades. I purchased two which are Sinamon, a gorgeous cinnamon bronze shimmer, and Starstuck, a lovely iced-out pearl shimmer that looks beautiful on all skin tones. 

These shimmer sticks are easy to use, blendable and last pretty well on my normal to dry skin, but as eyeshadows, they do crease on me even with a primer, so what I do is apply a normal primer first, then a cream eyeshadow base and top off with one of these, this way, they last all day long without creasing. I haven't tried these on my lips yet and I don't think I would because of the shades plus I just think with lipsticks, we better off wear ones that are made with natural ingredients since we always lick our lips, well I do, but it's up to you, and I'm sure these would look gorgeous on the lips regardless. 

(Starstruck and Sinamon)

(Sinamon and Starstruck)

I use Starstuck as my cheekbone highlight mostly and it just makes my skin look so healthy, dewy without that disco ball effect unless I keep layering, and that's the thing I love about it because you can control how much you want on your skin depending on the occasions and mood. As for Sinamon, I use it to "contour", it's also gorgeous as a blusher if you are into that bronzed look, and it's beautiful as an eyeshadow, that shimmer is simply to die for, and I love that it has a red undertone to it, perfect for my light to medium with a slight yellow undertoned skin. 

(Sinamon on my eyes with a cream eyeshadow base)

(Starstruck on my cheekbone and Sinamon on my cheeks, eyes and a little on my nose)

As I said, these are very easy to use, what I do is, apply directly from the bullet, then blend out with a soft brush, like the Real Techniques contour brush, it blends out beautifully and doesn't "disturb" my foundation either. Once they are on, trust me, you don't feel a thing. These are light as air! 

If you can't tell already, I'm obsessed with these, they are worth the hype and money so go get yours! 

Poppy's Natural Skincare

Sunday, 12 November 2017

I don't know if you guys have remembered but I got a hand butter from October's Skin Organics Beauty Box, and I immediately fell in love. It is from Poppy's Natural Skincare who is one of the best natural skincare companies that hand makes products by using some of the finest natural and organic ingredients for all skin types, and people who love clean beauty products, like me. 

Today I want to share with you my thoughts on some of her best selling products so you get an idea of how they perform and whether they are worth purchasing or not so let's start. Just so you know that you get 20% off of your first purchase on Poppy's website so, if you are interested just enter POPPY20 at checkout. It works on all her products and it's a great deal in my opinion. FYI, I have nothing to do with this code, I don't get commissions at all, it's just something I thought you might like so feel free to use it. 

I think I'll just start with the product that got me hooked in the first place which is her Super Moisturising Organic Chia Seed Hand Butter. This stuff is amazing. It smells nice, it hydrates my hands well, sinks in fast and I have been using it all over my body as a body butter as well. And that mousse texture though, so light, so "fluffy", such a pleasure to use. If you are looking for a good hand cream that can be used all over the body, this is it! 

(see how quickly it sinks in? It gives a very subtle glow which I like)

Another favourite of mine is her Super Nourishing Organic Face Oil with Chia Seed and Rosehip. I guess I'm really into her Chia Seed products as this is another hit for me. It's very nourishing and absorbs quickly, not oily, not heavy so it's excellent for people who have normal/combo skin, even oily skin can benefit from it as it doesn't feel heavy nor look shiny. Chia Seed is one of nature's most nutrient super foods that is full of antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids, that is known for enhancing skin's elasticity, stimulating cell turnover, strengthening capillaries, and protecting against free radicals so your skin appears luminous, healthy and youthful. I'm really diggin' her chia seed line. Highly recommend if you have never tried any chia seed infused products. 

As for the Ghassoul Clay which is made of Morrocan Lava Clay that is rich in minerals, and it's good for improving skin textures, reducing redness etc. I mean it's nice in terms of purifying my skin and makes it clearer, but it's a little uncomfortable when it's on my skin as it pulls and makes it really tight which I have never experienced any masks like it. I guess it's working while it's "pulling" but it's really hard to move my face, in fact, I couldn't move my face at all. I have 3 pictures here to show you how "different" this mask is so the first one was freshly applied, the second one was after about 3 or 4 minutes so you can already tell my skin was much tightened, and the third one was after 6 or 7 minutes I guess, and I couldn't even close my mouth as it pulled my skin back so much, and my mouth just opened naturally. It's very different but I do like the result it gives. My skin looks clean and clear. It's such an interesting product but I don't know how I feel about it. 

Last but not least is her Super Hydrating Organic Lip Balm in Liptastic Lime Burst. You all know I love citrusy scented products and this one smells so refreshing but I have to say it is not a product I'd purchase. It's an okay lip balm but it's no Nuxe Reve De Miel, you know what I'm saying?! I have to keep applying during the day, it just disappears quickly, and I'm not crazy about dipping my fingers in the pot all the time so this is a miss for me. 

All in all, Poppy's Naural Skincare gets a solid 4 out of 5 from me. I mean she makes some of the loveliest products on earth like the Chia Seed Hand Butter and Face Oil. If you want to try her products these two are definitely worth spending money on. 

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