What's in my bag?

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Hey guys, since I haven't done a "what's in my bag" in such a long time and surprisingly, I have been enjoying carrying a little rucksack lately so I thought why not show you what's in my new bag, and here goes...

I got this little rucksack as a gift from my aunt and apparently, she bought it from a local artist in Japan. I don't really know the name of the artist and neither does my aunt but the shop assistant told her that this artist is pretty famous for making bags and sometimes paintings. I mean I don't really care about all that but I do know that I love this colourful bag and the fact that everything is made by hand from scratch is just awesome. 

It is 100% leather and all the colours are sawed together by hand and I really do like the design, the stud detailing, the size and I love that it actually goes with everything I wear. I am a casual kinda gal so this rucksack is just made for me. It's what I would say a small sized bag but it's pretty spacious inside. It fits in all of my daily essentials. 

Ok, enough of the bag story, let me show you what I carry, nothing special, just my everyday bits and bobs, like my wallet, and this one is from Kate Spade so as the cardholder. I love Kate Spade, these are very practical yet pretty. 

(Cameron street Collection)

I always carry around sweets with me like gums, mints, chocolate especially Kinder chocolates because they are, in my opinion, the best ones in the world. 

I got my portable phone charger here because my phone dies on me all the time, and also I have tampons, you know, just in case, but I put them in this little tin because it's prettier this way. 

Now, onto the best part, beauty bits: I always have to have a lip gloss (Lily Lolo) with me, a lip balm (Hurraw), a bold lipstick (Bite Beauty) and a liquid lipstick (Charlotte Tilbury) cuz you know, a girl's gotta be prepared. I have my YSL compact because it comes with the best and the largest mirror, and I have 2 balms with me. The Kathy's eye balm is so good for freshening up my makeup or when my skin is dry, and this XO balm is good for cuticles, these two are all natural by the way. I also carry my solid perfume and this one is a limited edition one called Rock and it smells incredible. 

These sunglasses are from Rayban and they are from the Clubmaster range. These are so pretty and so lightweight. I like wearing them when I go out and about because they are just so comfy. 

Last but not least, my phone (boring), this is the 6s version, it's still pretty good but the battery is crap. I'm thinking about upgrading to the X but someone says it's not worth it so I'm still undecided. What do you think? Should I? But I do want to show you this phone case though, it's really pretty and girly plus I love that little ring holder part at the back, very easy to carry around. 

That's it beauties, these are the bits that I carry around on a daily basis, again nothing special just essentials. Ohh yeah, I also have my keys and car keys but that's just boring so I hope you have enjoyed going through my bag with me and until next time... 🤗

The 7 Skin Method

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

I feel like Korean skincare products are taking the world lately, I mean they are cute, they work and they are just on trend. And speaking of trendy skincare, have you ever heard of the 7 Skin Method? It's from Korea dahhh, and it's very popular in the beauty world so today, I want to share with you my experience with the 7 skin method, and hopefully, it'll amp up your skincare arsenal. 

The 7 skin method is a skincare method that allows you to get hydrated and glowy skin by patting 7 times of your favourite toners/essences on your skin before your serums, oils and moisturisers. It might sound like a lot of work but I promise you it's not and it's worth it. 

Now the trick is to use a toner or essence that is quite "thick" (texture-wise), and you want to pat your entire face with it then use whatever is left on your neck and repeat for 7 times. You can start with just 3 layers and then the rest of your skincare routine for as long as you like until you are used to it, and when you are ready you can move onto the full 7 layers. 

The essence I'm using with this method is the Vital Treatment Pulp Essence - 8 Nourishing Beans by Blithe. This is a luxury Korean skincare brand that does brilliant essences and masks. This particular essence is infused with 8 different bean extracts to deeply nourish and hydrate the skin. There's also Vitamin E in it which are the "pulp" parts so as soon as you pat it on your skin, the "pulps" burst and release the nourishing goodness into the bean extracts and the two work perfectly together to plump and revitalise the skin. 

It has a runny texture, not sticky like essences can be, perfect consistency and it has a non-detectable scent to it. This is a perfect essence to use for the 7 skin method because it's hydrating and it doesn't make the skin too tacky after. 

I tried it with 3 layers at the beginning and it made my skin glowy, healthy and hydrated and I felt like I didn't even need to follow the rest 4 layers, but that being said, 7 layers is another level, it makes my skin so nourished and so glowy, and honestly, if you have normal to oily skin, you don't even need a moisturiser afterwards. I usually use 4-5 drops of an oil-based serum after my essence, but after the 7 skin method, I only need 2-3 drops, seriously it is that effective, so if you have dry skin, the 7 skin method is a must. IT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOUR SKIN LOOKS. 

(freshly washed face)

(1 layer)

(3 layers)

(7 layers)

(topped with the rest of my routine, just an oil, no moisturizer as my skin really didn't need it after 7 layers of the essence) 

(full face makeup after my skincare routine)

With the Vital Treatment Essence, you only need a pea size amount for each layer so a little goes a long way. It comes with a sturdy yet elegant plastic bottle of 150ml. It retails for £41 but it's worth every penny in my opinion. 

Do yourselves a favour and try the 7 skin method and see the difference in your skin. 

Sister & Co. Skin Food Raw Coconut & Matcha Green Tea Sugar Scrub

Monday, 5 February 2018

When it comes to face scrubs, I like the ones that are gentle, preferably chemical peels, you know the ones without actual granules?. But when it comes to body scrubs, I much prefer "harsh" ones, ones like coffee scrubs, dead sea salt scrubs or sugar-based scrubs as they are much more effective and leaving the skin smooth and clean. 

I've probably tried every type of scrubs out there but it's certainly my first time trying one that has actual tea leaves in, and may I just say bravo Sister & Co. Skin Food because your Raw Coconut & Matcha Green Tea Sugar Scrub is to die for. It retails for £23.99 and it is, in my opinion, worth every penny. If you look through my previous blog posts, you'll see that I haven't done a full review on one single product in a very long time, and the fact that I'm putting together a review just for this one, says a lot. It might not be the cheapest scrub on the market but you do get 350g which is much more than your normal coffee scrubs of 200g, and honestly, it is one of the best I've ever used. 

It has raw coconut oil, cold-pressed baobab oil, matcha, loose leaf green tea, raw coconut sugar, pink Himalayan salt, rosemary, lemongrass and jasmine. Now, tell me if these ingredients together don't sound intriguing! 

I love that it has green tea leaves which is a great source of antioxidant, and I love that all the ingredients are 100% natural, no unnecessaries and no nasties. I also love the lemongrass scent, very uplifting and refreshing, great for morning use. 

It feels really nice on the skin, the coconut sugar and the Himalayan salt are very effective for eliminating those dead skin cells, leaving the skin smooth and bright. It also gives a nice tingle but if you have cuts or wounds, it will sting. If your skin is sensitive, I suggest scrubbing in a circular motion but very light handed as it can make your skin red. 

Another good thing about the scrub is that it doesn't have a lot of fallout like coffee scrubs do and it's so easy to rinse. 



This scrub is everything I'm looking for in a scrub and more, but I gotta say, you do need quite a bit for your whole body so I don't know how long this bag will last me, but for now, I'm enjoying it! 

Have you tried it? Thoughts? 

January Favourites

Monday, 29 January 2018

Shall we get straight into my first favourites of 2018? There's only one answer... 😜

I actually have quite a lot of faves this month but I'm only going to show you 5 as most of them are old faves, they just happen to be enjoyed this month as well, so for the reason of not making you bored and fall asleep, I think 5 is good. 

I brought back a lot of Japanese and Korean skincare products from my Asia trip last summer but there's one product that really saved my skin as well as my daughter's, and I have been hooked ever since. It's the Horse Oil Cream and the Japanese believe that this is the ultimate hydrating product for all skin types and you can even use it on kids. The one I have is from the pharmacy I think and it's infused with horse oil of course, herbs and other natural ingredients. Now I don't read Japanese but my friend who does have told me that this is a great one as it's all natural and very nourishing. 

It has a thin and kind of siliconey texture that sinks in instantly. I think this is a great one for oily skin peeps as it gives a velvety matte finish. My daughter had a fever a few weeks back and it made her skin red, raw and patchy so I tried it on her and it made her skin smooth again in just a few days. This is seriously some good stuff so if you can get your hands on one of these, I promise you are gonna love it. 

If you sweat as much as I do even in the winter, you have got to try this Schmidt's Bergamot + Lime Natural Deodorant. I love the scent, the way it makes my skin feel and I love that it's all natural. It's a cream deodorant but it looks a little powdery now because of the cold weather, but you just need to warm up a little with your fingers before applying under your arms. I've noticed that it keeps my sweat at bay, it makes my armpits smooth, although I don't think it's gonna do much in the summer because I'm one of those sweaty ones on the planet. 🤭 But for now, it's working and I like it. 

I don't know about you guys but here in Sicily, the flu season is really bad this year. If you catch it, it will not leave you alone for as long as a month perhaps even longer and I'm talking about me. Also I hate taking medicine so what I have been doing is drink lots of fluids and that includes hot water with lemon and this delicious raw organic honey with turmeric. 

Turmeric is known for its powerful medicinal properties and it's really good for metabolism as well, and by mixing it with honey, lemon and hot water, it is rather effective when it comes to combat with cold and flu. I take 1 teaspoon of it, 1 slice of lemon into a glass of hot water for twice a day and I've never felt better. 

The last 2 faves are makeup. Unfortunately, they are not all natural makeup but I've loved both of them as they just work. Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Lips is without a doubt, one of the best liquid lipsticks I've tried. It gives a smooth finish, it doesn't dry my lips and it's so lightweight. I love that rather small applicator which gives precise application. I have the shade of Show Girl and it's a beautiful mauve for everyday use during winter months. I have been using it non-stop and I adore that I can make it sheer or really go to town with it. 

(such a nice mauve for any occasions) 

Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow (Bronzed Bell) is one of those products that I thought I didn't need but it turned out to be my absolute essential especially for when I'm going out or any special occasions really. It just makes my eyes pop, and for a glitter eye product, it's done beautifully. It glides on effortlessly and stays put all day. It has no fallout and this bronzey shade is so pretty and would look good on all skin tones. Sometimes when I'm lazy, I just use a small eyeliner brush and line my eyes with it. It's chic and so easy to do. I love it and I think I might need more shades. 

So there you have it, my Jan Faves, nice and short, spot any of your faves?

Face Oils Face Off

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

You probably know this by now but I use more face oils than creams as they are way more nourishing. Whatever your skin types or concerns might be, you can always count on oils but there are literally hundreds of different types of oils on the market today, you want to make sure to get the right one so that you can benefit the most of it. 

I want to share with you my current favourite face oils so you get an idea of how they perform and if they are worth trying. Bear in mind that all of the oils I'm about to show you are organic and I think that's the most important thing before purchasing any oils, also make sure they are cold pressed for maximum nutrients. 

Before we start, I just want to mention that these oils are very similar when it comes to pricing. They are all ranging from 30 to 50-ish euros so there's something for every budget. I am someone that believes you get what you pay for, but that being said, I would never spend more than say, 70 or 80 euros for a small bottle oil, just personal preference I guess because these oils I'm about to show you are high-quality mid-priced facial oils that would do pretty much the same as those pricey ones. 

Let's start with Argan oils which are quite popular in the oil market. Argan oil is good for dry skin and ideal as a hair conditioner in my opinion. I use the *1001 Remedies Treasure Oil as a weekly hair treatment and it is amazing for that purpose. This is 100% pure argan oil and it's made in France. Great quality and it's good for all skin and hair types. I also got this* Golden Chocolate Oil by Bare Origin and let me tell ya, this is the best smelling argan oil I've ever tried. Again, this is good for all skin types and can be used on face, body and hair. The reason why I love these argan oils is that they are both light in texture, absorb quickly. You will never feel greasy or heavy with these. 

I want to take a moment and tell you the differences among these *MONO oils. I did a first impression post before but now that I have been trying them for the past a few weeks, I'm confident to say that I love them all. The Radiance oil has a light yellow colour and it's good for dull skin peeps. It gives the most natural glow you'll ever see plus it's crystal infused so it really lifts up your spirit and gives a positive vibe. The Rejuvenating oil has a gorgeous olive green colour and it's best for a dry/mature skin type. It's nourishing, hydrating and really plumps up the skin. As for the Sensitive oil, it's ideal if you suffer from sensitive skin hence the name as it does not contain any essential oils. It has this beautiful deep yellow almost orange colour, so pure and so nourishing without being heavy. I've been enjoying this mostly in the morning as it sits nicely under any foundations and I love that it's soothing as well. 

I've also been enjoying the Rose & Cucumber Cleansing Oil and although it's meant for cleansing the skin, I don't see why not using it as a normal face oil (I've tried it and it's pretty good). The cucumber scent makes it so calming and as a cleansing oil it does a brilliant job of taking off makeup, as a face oil, it's everything you would imagine a good oil can do. I don't use it every day because it's not one of those emulsifying cleansing oils, this is a good one to indulge in on a pamper night. I like to get a generous amount and really massage into my skin, wait for around 5 minutes, get a nice warm facial cloth to "steam" with it then wipe it off, honestly, it's such a feel-good product. 

If anti-ageing is your main concern in your skincare regime, I suggest trying oils with retinol or ingredients that provide fatty acids or something that could help boosting collagen production. Jodan Samuel Étoile is the perfect anti-ageing treatment oil that is not only light and enjoyable but also really helps to target those fine lines and wrinkles. It's probably the lightest oil in the bunch so you will need a moisturiser or a beauty balm layered on top. 

Another good anti-ageing face oil is this chia seed one by *Poppy's Skincare. It has a lovely orangey colour and the chia seed really helps to boost your collagen production as it is high in omega fatty acids. I love using it in conjunction with a facial massager for that plumped and smooth look. 

Now, the skin around the eyes are the most delicate part of the face as we all know so by using an eye oil can really help to smooth away the fine lines and brighten up the area. You can, of course, use any of the oils I just mentioned but I personally prefer a separate one just for that area. And for that, I recommend trying the Odacité Ba + S which is such a light oil serum that contains Baobab which is known for its nourishing and anti-ageing purpose. One drop for both eyes is all you need and I love that it also brightens up my eye contour area. You can also mix a drop into your favourite eye cream if you prefer and that's one of the main reasons why I love these little serum oils - multipurpose. 

So there you have it. I hope it has somewhat helped. Obviously, you don't need all of these, but I like to mix and match depending on the states of my skin. Anyhoo, if you need advice on what oil to get for different skin concerns or types just let me know, I'd be happy to help. 

What's your favourite organic face oils? 

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