My Shower Routine

Sunday, 14 January 2018

I've just realised that I've never shared my shower routine before. I mean it's not that I shower differently but I do get questions on what products I use so if you are the ones who are interested, we'll get that sorted for you today. 

So before I actually step into the shower, I dry brush first with this one from Mio Skincare. I don't do it every single day but perhaps twice a week to really get the blood flow going as well as a gentle exfoliation. It works really well, it's not too tough nor too soft, perfect for any skin type I would say. Dry brushing is so good for the skin and I've talked about it in depth before so if you are interested, I'll link it here for ya. 

Another thing I do before showering is putting on my cream cleanser. I don't actually do it in the shower but I do wash it off there if that makes sense. The cream cleanser I have been enjoying at the moment is Hallelujah Lime & Patchouli by Antipodes. This one is calming, it smells like cream which is quite pleasant, it gets the job done and it's hydrating, perfect for morning/second cleanse. So I like to put this one on and let it sit for about 2 minutes and get in the shower and wash it off when I wet my hair. 

I'm not going to show you the shampoo I'm using as I always switch them up depending on my hair needs plus I want to do a whole other post on shampoos so until that moment comes I'll go straight into my body wash. 

I have been totally and utterly in love with the BalanceMe Revitalising Hand and Body Wash. It smells incredible but also gentle, and it gets the job done nicely. It has a blend of grapefruit and lemon oils so this is a great one to use in the morning as it really uplifts, energises and refreshes. It's 99% natural and I love that it lightly forms. 

By the way, I don't just dry brush as my exfoliating routine. I also use an actual exfoliator twice a week for that baby soft skin, and currently, I'm using the Scrub Love one in Coconut Cranberry. This is a pretty good one but I feel like the original coffee scrub is still my No.1 favourite. It's just much more effective I believe plus I think the coffee scent is way better than the cranberry one. It's not bad but it's too sweet for my like. 

One of my favourite things to do in the shower is putting on a nice hydrating body oil while my body is still damp. It's more nourishing this way and you don't even need a body butter after. The one I'm enjoying at the moment is *Ylang Ylang & Macadamia Body Oil by T.O.S.é Apothecary. This oil smells heavenly and I love that it is 100% natural and it has Q10 in it which is perfect for dry/mature skin. If you are looking for a good quality body oil, look no further. 

(before and after the body oil, bear in mind that I put it on dry hands, if you use it when skin is damp, you'll get a much better result)

So there y'all have it. This shower routine is pretty simple but gets the job done brilliantly. Let me know what you use in the shower and until next time... 💋

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My Everyday Makeup Look with All Natural Cosmetics

Monday, 8 January 2018

Hey guys. Happy Tuesday! Honestly, I haven't done a makeup tutorial in ages so today, I want to show you what I do on a daily basis, and here's the twist: with all natural cosmetics so if you love toxin-free makeup, stay with me. 

It's really hard to find all natural cosmetics that work but these products I'm about to show you are tested over and over again. They do work for my skin so I want to share with you and perhaps you could benefit from them as well. 

I don't usually use a face primer but I have been testing out the *Piótis Naturals Non-Nano Sunblock for the past week and it is rather lovely. It has a ricotta cheese kind of consistency but it blends in beautifully, and I love that it has Non-Nano Formula. The only problem I have with this product is the scent. I like that it smells like lavenders but it's rather potent and it doesn't seem to disappear for quite a while but that being said, it works and it doesn't leave a white cast. 

(no white cast)

What I like to do next is mix my foundation with 1-2 drops of face oil depending on my skin's condition. If my skin's normal, I mix with only one drop, if it's rather dry, then two, and honestly, it gives the most beautiful flawless finish to the skin. I've talked about this makeup tip in my recent tips and tricks post so go check that out if you want more beauty tricks. 

My go-to foundation at the moment is the Super Fruits Healthy Foundation (White Peach) by 100% Pure. This is such a lovely foundation. It can be a little dry though if you have dry skin but by mixing with the Radiance Face Oil from MONO naturoils, it is simply flawless. I apply the mixture with a beauty blender. As for concealer, I have been enjoying the 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Brightening Concealer (creme), again I mix it with the Radiance Oil, (you can use whatever face oil you like, dry oils preferably) and trust me, you don't even need a highlighter afterwards and your under-eye will never look cakey. 

(foundation and concealer swatch) 

My skin has been dry lately so setting powders are out of the picture and I've grown to like the dewier look but feel free to set your foundation if it's part of your daily routine. Believe it or not, that's it for my face makeup. I don't usually go for blushers or highlighters because my cheeks are naturally flushed and the dewiness from the concealer and oil mixture is quite "blinding". But on days when I need to look extra "put-together", I would reach for the Lily Lolo Cheek Duo Palette in Coralista

Moving onto eye makeup, I go along both upper and lower lash lines with PuroBio Organic eyeliner (03) to give some definition to my eyes but bear in mind that this liner is not super long lasting if you have oily eyelids so feel free to use an eye primer first. I then, let it set a little bit while filling in my brows with Manga Brows in Deep Ebony by Neve Cosmetics. It's a soft brow pencil, very pigmented and I love that it's duo ended and comes with a spoolie. 

(eyebrow pencil and eyeliner swatch)

And once that's done, I use my beloved Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Palette which is beyond gorgeous and so approperiate for everyday use. I normally apply Shy Away along my crease, Lady Godiva on the centre and Exposed on lower outer corner and trace along my upper lash line. It might seem a lot of but it takes like 2 minutes to do both eyes. 

I have yet to find an all natural mascara that works for my short and straight lashes. I mean I've tried a couple but they are all a fail so if you have any recommendations on natural mascaras that work, please let me know. For now, I'm using this irica Waterproof & Volume Mascara and it's amazing. I got it while I was in Asia and I think it's Japanese. 

And to complete this look, I have been using the all natural lipstick by *Piótis. (NOTE that this is a sample pack. When you purchase from Piótis, you will get your normal lipstick bullet plus 15% off on your first purchase). I don't recommend using it on its own because it's rather sheer and patchy. It's best to use it with a lip liner or under any matte lipsticks as a glossy topper. It's really pretty that way. I am someone that enjoy bold lip colours even on a daily basis but if you are a nude girl, it'd also work on this look. 

(lipstick swatch on its own) 

That's it guys, this is my current go-to all-natural makeup look. I hope you've enjoyed it and as always, if you have any Qs, feel free to contact me. Enjoy your rest of the week! 

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My Ultimate Skincare Tips and Tricks

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

I think when it comes to skincare, it's not just about products, it's also important to know how to apply them, how much to apply, the way to apply etc. in order to get the maximum result. Skincare products ain't cheap these days as we all know, so to get your money worth, let me share with you some of my tips and tricks on skincare. Bear in mind that, these methods or products work perfectly well for my skin but people are different, we all have different skin types, different skin conditions etc. so don't be mad if they don't work for you, you can comment below or email me if you need advice on your skincare routine, I'd be happy to help. 

Hands up, how many of you often forget to take care of your eyelashes? I know I do most of the times, and that's pretty bad because the amount of mascara we put on daily really harm our lashes unless you use all natural mascaras but honestly who really does that?! Come on, let's be real here! (I have yet found an all natural mascara that works.) The chemicals in mascaras can stop the growth of lashes and often make them weak so you would experience lash loss or breakage but by using a lash serum can prevent and help to improve all those issues. 

I have been using the *Vee Beauty London Lash and Brow Serum for almost 2 months now and I'm impressed with it. It's made with all natural ingredients like Argon Oil, Castor Oil, Avocado Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Vitamin E to deep condition and nourish as well as strengthening and making our lashes grow faster. 

(Top: after I pulled all my lash extensions out, I barely have eyelashes left. I literally have more lower lashes rather than top ones. Bottom: after nearly 2 months of using the lash serum. I hope you can see that my top lashes are now much fuller and longer. I'm very happy with the result.)

I get eyelash extension a lot because I love fuller and longers lashes, well who doesn't right? But the consequence of getting an extension on a regular basis is that your natural eyelashes will fall out quite often either naturally (together with the extension hair) or by pulling (I do that sometimes). But ever since I've started using this serum I can even get away with just one coat of mascara, no falsies, no extension and honestly I have never been happier. My lashes seem to be much stronger, and I do notice that they are longer and fuller so big thumbs up and I highly recommend checking it out. You can also use it on your brows. 

Sometimes the sheet mask we use has a lot of serums but our skin can only absorb a certain amount at a time, it'd be such a waste if we throw it away so my tip is to use it twice. I know some of you would say why don't you just use the rest of the serum on your body, your neck or hands. I've tried that, and I really don't care for the stickiness that's on my body so what I do is use the mask once, and put it back in its pouch, refrigerate it and use it again the next day. That's really perfectly okay because of the preservatives in the mask. Just remember double cleanse your face before applying it, and try to use it 2 nights in a row instead of leaving it for a longer period of time. 

I get questions like how come my face oil lasts for only 2 months and yours, in fact, last for like 6 months and longer? The answer is real simple: press and pat your oil into the skin instead of rubbing. If you have dry skin, you can rub the whole bottle on and your skin will still be dry, but if you press and pat while your skin is still damp, you could get a much better result. Your skin will look firmer, brighter and dewier, and you only need 3-5 drops. 

If you have dry/mature skin and just can't seem to find your perfect foundation, you can always try to mix a couple of drops of your favourite face oil in with your foundation and trust me, the application would be much smoother, and your skin would look naturally flawless and perhaps even 5-10 years younger. That cakey face will never happen with this method. 

(2 drops of face oil + foundation = skin perfection) 

And by mix, I mean try to combine your face oils, beauty balms and/or moisturisers into a paste and really work into the skin for that nourishing and brightening effect. I love to mix my own skincare product, sometimes I just spray my face with a mist after cleansing, then use the mixture I made and that's pretty much it for my evening skincare routine, simple but effective. 

It might seem like a lot to use a mask every night but trust me, your skin will thank you as you grow older. It's never too much. You can use a detox mask on Mondays, a hydrating one on Tuesdays, peel mask on Wednesdays, your favourite nourishing mask on Thursdays, sheet masks on Fridays and perhaps a good gentle exfoliating mask over the weekends. Remember: there are no ugly women on earth, there are only lazy ones. 

I've started using eye creams since I was 18, and I have no visible lines nor wrinkles around my eyes. It is essential in everyone's skincare routine. And speaking of routine, after eye creams you can certainly put your face serum/oil over it for a more hydrating effect, just make sure your face oils are all natural. 

Tip 8: HONEY
Honey, in my opinion, is the best thing for our skin. It's what I would call a magical ingredient. I mix honey with my hydrating face masks and it just makes them 20 times better. If a smooth, blemish-free and even-toned skin is your goal, you need honey! But make sure is raw and organic. 

These 8 tips have been helping my skin for as long as I could remember, and my skin is always in a good condition. I'm 34 going on 35 and I always get compliments on my skin and sometimes people think I'm still at 20's which I think says a lot about my tips and tricks. I'm not trying to brag or anything, I'm just trying to share because these tips are the bible to me. 

(me: age 34, bare-faced, no makeup, no filter)

If you are struggling with your skincare routine, try to cooperate these tips in and hopefully they would help you too. Obviously, things like double cleanse, not overly exfoliate, eat well, sleep well etc. are also good-skin factors but these, in my opinion, are just common sense. Try whatever works for your skin and if you have some unique skincare tips, feel free to let me know so we can learn from each other. 

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MONO Naturoils Unboxing

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Happy Holidays beauties! I hope you and your loved ones have had a great Christmas. Since Christmas is the time to give gifts, I thought why not unboxing a gift box together?! 

I was gifted this beautiful green beauty box by MONO Naturoils who makes the most natural/organic skincare and body care products on earth. MONO Naturoils chooses the purest, most vibrant botanical ingredients, and these ingredients together provide a flawless result to our skin. MONO is 100% vegan and cruelty-free, handmade in small batches,  no nasties whatsoever, and I love that some of their products are crystal-infused for that healing energy to really balance our body and mind. 

Can we all just take a moment here to really appreciate the most gorgeous but minimal packaging ever before we get to the goodies? I love the lavender detailing and I appreciate that MONO only uses recyclable and reusable materials for their products to minimise the waste for our planet. 

I'm so happy to receive 3 of their best selling facial oils, 1 being the most popular cleansing oil that has Rose and Cucumber in it for that calming and anti-ageing effect. I've tried it a couple of times already because I just couldn't wait, and let me tell ya, it is one of the best cleansing oils I've tried, it's definitely an indulging/pamper night kind of product. 

Another favourite of mine (already) is the Sensitive Facial oil. I've tried it and immediately fell in love because it's really calming, I love that it has zero essential oils so even if you are sensitive, you can still use it without any problem. 

I haven't tried the Rejuvenating Facial oil yet but from the look of it, I know I will love it. I also have the Radiance Oil which I got from Skin Organics Beauty Box, it's a lovely one as well. I will do a separate blog post on these facial oils just to give you a more in-depth review and comparison on each and every one of it, so stay tuned... 

I also received a deluxe sample of the upcoming Bath Oil - Luna. This is a must-have if you love taking baths. It smells unreal, so relaxing and calming as it contains Sweet Almond Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Sweet Orange, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Bergamot etc. let me tell ya, it is divine. 

As for the Detox Mask, I love that it has Matcha in it, in fact, I love everything Matcha so it's a win for me. Listen, if you have sensitive skin and have difficulty in finding a gentle yet effective exfoliating mask, you might want to give this a go. 

MONO was kind enough to send the soon-to-launch Beauty Balm for me to try, and it was love at first use. It's so rich and nourishing without being heavy. It makes my skin looks plumped and flawless. I love the texture, I love the smell and I love that it's good for all skin types especially for mature skin. This is a true anti-ageing product as it contains Buriti, Marula, Green Coffee Bean, Camellia, Sacha Inchi, Yangu etc which are rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids that are great for smoothing away those fine lines and wrinkles. I highly recommend trying it out when it launches soon. 

I hope you have enjoyed this unboxing + first impression of these beautiful MONO products. If you have any questions about the brand or products feel free to let me know. Happy holidays! 

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Current Empties #23

Monday, 18 December 2017

Time for another empties guys! I have accumulated quite a few used up products since November so today, let's talk about if they are worth repurchasing or not. First up,

  • Sukin Cream Cleanser - this is one of the best cream cleansers I've tried. It works great if you have sensitive skin plus I love that it's natural and affordable. I will definitely repurchase. 
  • *Odacité Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Crème - I have reviewed it last week, it's nice but I won't repurchase it. If you'd like to know the reasons behind it, click here
  • *Monty's Glow AfriMagic Face Serum for Dry Skin - I have already purchased a backup, this is one of the best serums for all skin types I would say. It's light yet hydrating, it's calming and it feels lovely on the skin. No nasties, no unnecessary ingredients, everything is natural, and I love it. 
  • *Bare Origin Pure Argan Oil - my husband "secretly" finished mine and he wants more now. It's such a lovely product, and I love that it is multi-purpose as well. 
  • Caudalie Beauty Exilir - I have finished countless bottles of it. It is a staple in my skincare routine. 
  • *Odacité Ps + G - again, I have reviewed it last week and it is, in my opinion, a must-have if you love serum oil type of products. I will definitely explore more of Odacité's serum oils. 
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream - I hated it but then I loved it. You really do need time to benefit from it. If you are looking for a good anti-aging eye cream, look no further. 

  • *Ezápé Naturals Rosemary Body Butter- it's one of the best body butters I've tried. It might be strange to some people because of the rosemary scent,  but I actually don't mind it and it does disappear once it's blended on the skin, and in terms of texture and how well it works etc. it is spot on everything. 
  • *Poppy's Super Moisturizing Organic Chia Seed Hand Butter - I use it everywhere on my body, not just on my hands, it's moisturizing but light, and I love the chia seed smell, so unique but not overpowering. 
  • Nuxe Rêve de miel - I think I can save my breath on this one as it is everyone's favourite. I will always repurchase it. 
  • *Aroma Veda Vata Body Oil - I really cannot comment on this one because the sample wasn't even enough for one use, but that being said, I covered my legs with it and it wasn't bad but then it was nothing special either, so I don't think I would actually pay for the full size. 
  • *Shea Butter Guys Pure Shea Butter - this is such a lovely product despite the fact that there's only one ingredient. I scoop some out and melt in my bath and I even use it on my little girl. It's simple but effective. 
  • *Optiat Feel Great Coffee Scrub - coffee scrub in a tube is just a genius idea, great for travel and it does the job brilliantly. I recommend it to everyone. 
  • *Evolve Tropical Blossom Body Butter - possibly the best smelling body product on earth. I would repurchase it just for the scent. 
  • *TOSé Apothecary French Clay and Lemon Grass Detoxifying Body Scrub - again, I would totally buy it for the gorgeous scent. It's so uplifting and refreshing, great for morning and everyday use. 
  • Nails inc Cuticle Oil Pen - it is a handbag essential, so easy to carry and use, I would buy it again. 
  • *Monty's Glow Coco Bejbe Face and Body Scrub - it's not one of my favourite scrubs so I won't spend my money on it but I do like that it's gentle, so if you have sensitive skin, you might like it. 

That's it guys, these are my current empties. I bullet point everything for you so it's easier to read since I have quite a lot of used up things. Have a lovely week and next time when I see you, it'll be Christmas! Happy holidays beauties! 

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