Showing posts with label beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beauty. Show all posts

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Hema make up

Although I really like make up, I wear less and less of it and always like to keep it as quick and simple as possible. The step that I rarely skip is eyeliner, as my eyes are brown, the same colour as  my hair, and not huge, so they always need a little bit of help with definition. I used to be a fan of black liquid liner and wear it most days, even if it was a very thin line, but I had fallen out of love with it. Quite often it would fade throughout he day, or transfer onto my eyelids and even cheeks, so there is no wonder that I had stopped.

Last month I spent a day with a friend who always wears the perfect black feline flick and it lasts all day, so as we were having dinner I had to ask her what was the secret behind it. Her answer was that for hers to last it had to be liquid and have a brush applicator. She told me her favourites were by Rimmel and a Dutch budget brand called Hema, so given that we were in Amsterdam, the next day I rushed to the nearest Hema to look for it!

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Santaverde Age Protect Toner sort of review

For a blog that started being predominantly about beauty, it has been a long time since I have written a beauty post. Two months and nine days to be precise. I don't usually write product reviews either, partly because I prefer sharing a collection of things I enjoy, and partly because it is rare that I find something that I enjoy so much I feel like dedicating it a whole post. Even my beloved Trilogy Rosehip Oil has not had its own post (I've talked about it so much though that there is nothing more to say!).

I hope I've not lead you to believe that this one product will change your life or that you absolutely need it in your bathroom cabinet. Or that I will go into very specific details about every ingredient and what it does, because that is not what you will find in the following paragraphs. I hope you enjoy it all the same.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Beauty rituals

Months ago I wrote a post about how positive having a good routine is. At the time I was caught up in embracing spontaneity a tad too much. I still like to be spontaneous, but I think giving some structure to small parts of your day can be very enjoyable. A huge part of the pleasure we get out of make up and skincare is the ritual of putting it on, of using that cream.

So... Fast forward 8 months and when I look at my mornings now they look so different! I like my mornings to have a slow start, even during the week, so I get up a bit earlier so that I can sit down for breakfast and have time to have a browse on Bloglovin', read a few posts, reply to comments, etc. But let's rewind a little bit and let me share my beauty rituals.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

High 5: Beauty products on my wish list

After what has been nearly two months of giving make up and most beauty products the cold shoulder, and as my birthday and Christmas seem not that far away, the list of beauty products I would like keeps growing. These are the 5 things right at the top!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Festival essentials

Music festivals are one of the best things about summer and quite often one of the easiest ways to sneak in a quick break from work, spend some fun times with friends and listen to lots of music. We are incredibly lucky in the UK to have so many! Glastonbury is probably THE most famous, and one that I have actually never been to, but Oxfordshire has its fair share of them, and this summer I’ve been to Truck Festival and just spent the past weekend at Wilderness, set in the beautiful Cornbury Park.

Wilderness is quite a civilised affair, but that doesn’t make it any less special. I love that there is a lot going on, from wellbeing workshops, daily yoga classes, fine dining banquets, cricket and even a lake to swim in. The park is full of really magical and quirky spots. I loved the more worldly music at the Carousel Bar, or The Valley, which was an actual valley surrounded by very tall trees with late night music and acrobats. On Saturday night there was a spectacle by Spanish group La Fura dels Baus, who have created shows for the Olympics before. Seeing over 40 people suspended from a tall crane and moving to the beat of the music was jaw droppingly beautiful.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Beauty products you don't need

If you are reading this blog, you probably read other beauty blogs and magazines, and like me, you probably get excited when you read reviews of new products or intrigued by this or that new thing that promised to keep you looking glowing and wonderful forever after. As nice as it is to have a drawer or a cupboard full to the brim with gorgeous products, all too often we have way more than we need.

I always advocate for keeping things simple, and this is no exception. Through using beauty products for years, reading and being a skincare and make up buyer for a short stint I've picked up some tips as to what is necessary and what isn't. This is not to say that you shouldn't use these, but if your budget doesn't allow it or if you like to keep things simple, these are the things you can do without.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Oils, wonderful oils

For a girl who used to have oily skin and suffer from pretty bad skin in her twenties, trusting oils and beginning to use them took a leap of faith. The first one I ever used was actually to combat my acne. I must have been in my mid twenties and I was so fed up with using harsh medicated products on my skin to dry out my acne. I remember reading an article in Elle magazine about Natalie Portman loving Dr Hauschka’s Rose Day Cream for her dry, sensitive skin. It was not the first time that I’d heard about the brand and so I went on their website and ordered a booklet that explained their whole approach to skincare and everything you needed to know about their products. That’s where I first read that "like treats like", and therefore a good oil was the best way to balance oily skin. There was so much backed up research that made so much sense to me that I bought their Clarifying Day Oil (it used to be called Normalizing Daily Oil back then) and I never ever looked back. I stopped using it after a couple of years because it had worked so well I no longer needed it. It is the only thing that got rid of my bad skin, and ever since then I have been a total convert to oils and to a more natural approach to skincare.


Thursday, 11 June 2015

5 sunscreens

The sun has been shining for days and I am off on a break next week, so my brain is all on summer mode. This is the season I love the most: summer fruits, eating outside, summer holidays and sunshine make me very happy.

It is no secret that the sun ages our skin, but above anything, it is really important that you are safe. There are over 2 million new cases of skin cancer diagnosed in the world each year, a number I find staggering, so protecting your skin from the sun is essential.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

5 very special fragrances

Last weekend I went home to Valencia for a family celebration. It was brilliant to be able to pop home for three days, soak some sunshine, go to the beach and see the people I love most, my mum and brother. Both their birthdays are in May, and when I asked my brother a while ago what he wanted as a gift from me, I wasn't surprised he asked for a fragrance. In recent years he has developed a bit of an obsession with perfumes (or aftershaves, I am never sure what word to use!), including a few that are very niche and difficult to get hold of. This isn't about buying a nice perfume that you wear every day or for special occasions, but more of an interest and hobby. He is often reading up about them online and is even part of an online community where they discuss them and swap impressions. I guess it's no different from the beauty or lifestyle blogging community. It is huge.

I love listening to him talk about them and handing over a sample bottle to smell them. Some of them I really don't like because they're too strong, but some are beautiful, like nothing you've smelled before. Some are obnoxiously expensive and some not at all. One thing that surprised me is that quite a few of these niche fragrances are unisex, and I liked that, mostly because it means I can sneak into my brother's bathroom and spritz myself with one of his treasures!

Last weekend I asked him to tell me what his top 5 were, and he reeled them off without stopping to think for a second, so I thought I would share them here. Fragrances are notoriously difficult to describe, so I did a bit of research into the different components to avoid talking about fruity, sweet or floral scents, and in the process I learnt all about top, middle and base notes. The first are what you instantly notice when you spray it, the middle notes are revealed after 10 minutes or so, and then they both fade (but don't disappear), leaving you with the base notes.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

All you need to know about hyperpigmentation

I have had hyperpigmentation since my late twenties. It all started with a tiny patch between by brows that has been getting larger and more noticeable over the years. To most people it is not noticeable, but it is the first thing I see when I look at myself in the mirror or in photos, and it makes me very self conscious.

Over the course of the past decade I have tried to find all the information I could about it, as well as tried a long list of products that claim will reduce the discoloration. The problem I have found is that the information out there is either incredibly scientific or marketing led. You are often bamboozled with names of ingredients, with some sites telling you they will help and others telling you they can have terrible side effects. Otherwise, big brands are trying to tell you their latest serum that targets dark spots and will even out your skin tone. However, I haven't found a place that explains the basics in simple terms and has unbiased advice about products, so a few months ago I set out to write a blog post that did exactly that.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

My favourite hair and body care products

Writing a blog is a funny thing. You sit and ramble on about things you like, and sometimes you wonder if anyone is finding it interesting or if you're just being very self indulgent. I hope this month of all time favourites has been somewhat interesting so far. We are more than half way through and there are only two more posts to go. It's actually gone pretty quickly! I hope you are enjoying it. For me, it has served the purpose to get me back into the swing of writing and I have even scheduled posts well in advance. I feel like a self pat on the back is in order.

This instalment is all about body and hair care, and it was the easiest list to come up with. It seems I don't change products once I find things I like in this department. Here is my list of trusty favourites:

Sunday, 12 April 2015

All time skincare favourites

I don't normally go around telling people how much I love beauty products, but in the rare occasion that I might, what I really mean is that I love good skincare, because I believe that you should look after yourself, not to look great, but to be as healthy as possible. After all, isn't skin our largest organ? Why should it be vain to want to take good care of it?

Sunday, 5 April 2015

All time make up favourites

Happy Easter! Hope you're having a lovely day, whatever you are doing. When you read this I hope to be enjoying beach walks with my family, reading and re-charging the batteries for a week, topping up my Vitamin D levels with some warm sun.

Today is time to talk about my all time make up favourites, which was unsurprisingly easy. Whilst a few years ago I used to buy much more make up, as times goes by I am becoming more minimalistic in my approach to everything, and make up has been no exception. The beauty of being in your thirties is that you have worked out what suits you and what doesn't (well, mostly), so aside from the odd exception here and there, I've got my basics down to a t, and here they are in all their glory:

Sunday, 15 March 2015

The beauty products I am currently lusting after

Since this year started I've really tried to be very frugal and stopped myself many times before buying new products. However, I am running out of a few things at the moment and I have a trip home coming up, which means a couple of hours at the airport and being able to buy cheaper beauty products. These 4 are top of my shopping list!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Coconut oil. The one ingredient hair mask

It is fair to say that we all like to have healthy looking shiny hair, but sometimes it can be a bit tricky to achieve. You may be growing your hair long, colouring it, using too much heat on it, or all of them! I've been guilty of all of them at some point. Last year I started experimenting a bit more with colour and have been having sort of highlights since then, especially through the ends, which has made my hair fairly dry and brittle.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Glowing skin in winter

I can't wait for spring! It's been so gloomy lately that I can't remember when was the last time I felt the warmth of the sun. All this cold air, rain and central heating have not done my skin any favours and they've turned it rather dull, so I have made it my mission to fight the elements and have some glow this winter. This is my double plan of attack.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

January favourites

January is the month of the year when most of us try to be our best selves - go to the gym, start running, meditate, drink 2 litres of water, eat more greens, and quite often stick to our skincare routine. It is a fresh start, a clean slate.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Perfumes I love

Scents are incredibly powerful. There is a model that categorises people into visual, auditory or kinesthetic, depending on whether they take their information by looking, hearing or touching. However, something as simple as using a shampoo that you once used during the summer when you were 15 can take you back there in an instant, and remember a multitude of experiences.

Some scents can evoke our sweetest fondest moments. For me, there are a few that take me back to my childhood.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Make up clear out

Make up and skincare are my Achilles heel. Although I like to think that in my thirties I have figured out what works for me and what doesn't, sometimes I am tempted by 3 for 2 offers, gifts with purchase, etc. and end up with a growing pile of products that either aren't right for me or that I have better versions of already.

Over time I have accumulated many products that I simply don't use, and there are four distinct trends there:

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Sephora Micellar Water review

Micellar waters are the lazy girl's best friend, which is one of the reasons why they have become staples of many beauty routines. They are as easy and quick to use as cleansing wipes, but they don't have the bad reputation of the latter.

A few years ago I did a stint as a skincare buyer for a department store and learned an awful lot about how our skin works and what is important to take good care of it. Above everything, I learned that cleansing is the single most important thing you can do. Yet, I still went to bed with a full face of make up at least three times a week (I am blushing admitting that!). Now I am in my mid thirties I have definitely seen the benefits of having a beauty routine, but for me to stick to it, it needs to be simple. And allow me a few shortcuts. Micellar waters are one of them.

We all know what is the world's micellar water extraordinaire. Make up artists swear by the magical powers of Bioderma, effective enough to get rid of waterproof mascara yet very gentle on the most sensitive of skins. However, whenever there is a product that everyone covets, the rest of the brands in the beauty world aren't too far behind coming up with their own versions. The shelves at the chemists (or drugstore) are full of them, from La Roche Posay and Avene (great for sensitive skin, but not so great with eye make up) to L'Oreal and Garnier (I really had a problem with the scent of L'Oreal's water).

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