Summer Beach Essentials

Long time, no see! I was gone for a little while and it’s been ages since I posted anything on my blog. To be honest, I was a bit busy with the planning of my holidays, therefore, there were no posts in the past couple of months. Talking about holidays, I decided to write a quick post about my summer beach essentials. So, enough rambling, let’s begin!

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Sun protection

You should not even try going to the beach without any protection especially if you are as pale as I am. I choose SPF 50 due to having quite fair skin… My go to skin care protection brand is Garnier. I like Garnier products due to their good quality and reasonable price. If you have an option, go for kids’ sun protection lotion as it is suitable for a very sensitive skin and ?probably? has less crap in terms of ingredients. In addition, I’ve noticed that people tend to ignore their lips but they are particularly important, so I never skip a lip balm with SPF.

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Dry shampoo

Dry shampoo has become one of my essentials because, we can all agree, in the beach hair tend to look quite horrible. Dry shampoo can be a life saver! My favourite is a Batiste one.

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Thermal water 

Haha, you are probably thinking ‘O-M-G, she again speaks about the thermal water.’ Well, guys, there is nothing I can do but just praise this water even more. When you’re super hot, grab your bottle of the thermal water and spray a little bit straight onto your face! You will instantly feel super refreshed! My favourite thermal water is from the brand known as Avène.

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Wet wipes

I hate being all greasy due to sun cream, so wet tissues always come in handy. I use them for literally everything and they don’t cost fortune too.

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Random bits and bobs

While some people can’t imagine their beach time without sunglasses (I wear them too), I can’t imagine my ideal day at the beach without a good book. This summer I choose to read ‘God always travels incognito’ by Laurent Gounelle.

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Finally, if I want to simply relax, close my eyes and enjoy my time on the beach, I opt for my pink Ipod music player full of summer hits and relaxing tunes.

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So, these are my summer beach essentials! I am curious to know what are yours? Share your beach essentials in the comments’ section below 🙂

Have a nice upcoming week!

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2015 favourites

Long time no see, people, huh? I can completely blame myself for neglecting my blog but in the last couple of weeks I was indeed busy, and there was no time to put something on this blog… However, I already promised myself to be a bit more active throughout 2016, so we’ll see…

First of all, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all had some quality time with your family and friends, stuffed your tummies with a-m-a-z-i-n-g food, and received presents that you wanted for a long time :). Tomorrow is the 1st of January, and, as Brad Paisley once said: “Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one!”.

Today I decided to put together my favourite products/items of 2015, so that you could see what products I’ve been loving throughout 2015. So, without further explanation, let’s jump into my 2015 favourites.

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I have attempted to split my favourites to some sort of categories such as body care, hair care, face care, make-up and random bits and bobs.

Hair care

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If you read my blog, you probably already know that my ultimate favourite hair care product is…yes… the Body Shop Grape Seed Glossing Serum. I already did a post about this amazing product, so check it out here.

Another 2015 favourite is Bleach London Silver Conditioner. You’re probably now wondering why I am using a silver conditioner if I am not blonde? But this is not 100 per cent true since a couple of months ago I started dying my hair using belayage technique. And to maintain my highlights, I’ve been using this conditioner. It helps to get rid of that ginger/orange colour of my dyed hair. I absolutely love this product, and I will be soon making a separate blog post about it.

Face care

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The ultimate favourites of my face care are the Body Shop Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser and Avèn Thermal Water. I already spoke about this thermal water in my previous post, so you can check my thoughts about it. Talking about TBS cleanser, I just really love it. I use it religiously, and I believe, it is an amazing product for people who sometimes have breakouts. As you probably all know, tea tree is known for its ability to fight with pimples, so check this cleanser if you are looking for an affordable and effective product.

Body care

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Well, as some of you know, I am not the biggest fan of the body care products but this year I found two amazing products. The first one is the Collistar Intensive Firming Cream which has already been mentioned in one of my first blog posts.  Another product has to be the Almond Hand and Nails Cream by the Body Shop. It’s  a super hydrating cream that sinks into your skin quickly and smells like heaven. My mum loves it too, so definitely check it out.

Make-up

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Cosmetics wise, I found two super amazing products that are part of my daily make-up routine. The first one is the Bobbi Brown BB Cream in light. This BB Cream feels light on the skin, perfectly matches my skin tone and stays on my skin throughout the day. I could not recommend it enough. It’s a super good product with SPF that is suitable for everyday use although it’s a bit pricey. But, believe me, a little goes a long way, so you won’t need to repurchase it any time soon.

Another make-up fave is L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara. It’s an ultimate discovery for me as I am really picky about the mascaras. It’s a unique mascara as its wand is flexible, therefore, it hits all the lashes. In addition, this mascara adds volume without looking ‘unnatural’. It’s super black and easy to work with. Although I am a massive fan of Maybelline mascaras, this one definitely works as well as Maybelline ones.

Random bits and bobs

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If someone asks what is my all time favourite perfume, I don’t have an answer. But this year I found a scent that I particularly loved. I am quite sure though that next year I will have a new fave…but my favourite perfume this year is DOT by Marc Jacobs. Since I’m really rubbish at explaining/describing smells, I just copied-pasted the description from the internet.

Surprising and effervescent, energetic and alive—DOT by Marc Jacobs captures a charming, upbeat spirit with timeless sophistication. Simple and straightforward in statement, exuberant and feminine in design, DOT is a colorful Marc Jacobs creation that comes full circle with a balance of modernity and elegance.

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The last random favourite is definitely a book about the 5:2 diet by Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer. It’s a book about the 5:2 diet and its principles that are life changing. I won’t be telling anything more this time since I will be talking about this book in my future posts 🙂

So, these are my 2015 favourites. I already know that some of these things will be in my faves’ list of 2016. Do you have any items that you loved throughout 2015? If yes, share them below 🙂

See you all very soon.

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Thermal spring water. Avène and Evian

Good Morning! Yes, it is Monday and yes, it is another post on my blog. Recently I felt that my blog was a little bit neglected… So I decided to make a new entry this Monday :).

The today’s topic is about something what is not praised enough in a wide bloggers’ community. Today I am going to talk about thermal water, its benefits and my love which is as pure as the product itself.

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To start off, I would like to briefly explain what is that magical thermal water. So, thermal water is probably one of the purest forms of water that is located deep underground and has amazing healing properties. Thermal water is known for containing various cations, anions, and salts. It has pH 7 which, in turn, suggests that this water is neutral. Neutral water=balanced water=balanced skin (this is the formula, I just made :D).

Basically, this water is just GOODNESS for your skin, and it has various functions. To name a few this water calms irritated skin, reduces redness, helps to reduce sunburn, hydrates skin, etc.

I personally think this water is an extremely versatile product since it can be used for various things and on all skin types. It is particularly suitable for allergic and sensitive skin (mine is sensitive/combination), however, people, who have normal/combination/dry/oily skin types can also find this product useful.

I use this product everywhere. In fact, I can’t imagine my daily skin care routine without this product…

I usually use it before I apply my moisturiser, however, I also love using it as a make-up setting spray.  In addition, I like spritzing it when I feel that I need to refresh my face during day time or at night.

Currently, I am using two brands of thermal water. The bigger bottle (see picture above) is by Avène and the smaller one is by Evian. I love both, however, the big bottle isn’t convenient to carry around, and since I cannot imagine my day without it, I had to buy a smaller version.

Overall, I cannot recommend this product enough. It is super good, versatile, suitable for all skin types and seasons. Although it is quite pricey (around 9 pounds for 150 ml), it is absolutely worth its price!

Have you tried thermal water before? What is your opinion about it?

That is it for today. I hope you found this post interesting 🙂

Lots of love!

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