Summer Skincare Favourites 2016

A deep sigh… Summer is over…But but but! Things aren’t as sad if you discovered some new favourites, right? This summer was particularly successful for me as I found so many new products and brands… So many that I can’t even wait as I want to share them all with you!

My skin

First of all, before jumping into the actual skincare favourites, I thought that I should talk about my skin as this will help to explain why I choose certain products and why they became my summer favourites.

So, my skin in general has the following characteristics:

  • fair;
  • prone to getting sunburns;
  • has quite a lot of little moles;
  • sensitive;
  • has some discoloration;
  • normal to oily or combination.

A bunch of wonderful factors that I need to take into consideration when choosing my skincare products. One might say that these ‘characteristics’ are nothing compared to acne skin but I guess people in general think that their own problems are worse than everyone else’s. Yes, I am grateful that I do not need to deal with acne but being so prone to getting sunburns and being unable to imagine my life without SPF (which tends to clog your pores) isn’t ideal too.

I am happy that this summer I managed to find products that really work! And I am also happy for the fact that I kept my skincare routine to a minimum avoiding unnecessary layering of thousands of products!

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Before and after sun

Being quite fair means that SPF plays an important part in my skincare routine. I am not too fussy about sun creams as long as they don’t clog my pores and they have a good level of protection. This summer I chose Garnier Ambre Solaire Resisto Kids SPF 50 sun cream. The SPF is high enough, smell is quite the usual one, packaging small meaning it’s perfect for travelling, so what else do you need?

For some after-sun care I usually use my moisturisers but this summer I suffered really badly from a sun allergy, therefore, I had to make a bit of an investment into ‘serious stuff’. While being in Spain and wiping off my tears due to having a really strong sun allergy, I went to Spanish pharmacy and begged for help! A lovely pharmacist introduced me to an after-sun spray by brand know as ISDIN.  This stuff literally changed my life and I used it religiously everyday from the day I bought it! Sunburns and allergy disappeared completely after two days of using it!

Face cleanser

I am such a simple woman! No no, my personality is quite difficult but in terms of make-up removal, I am dead simple! I only use one cleanser to wash off my make-up! And I don’t use anything else! No make-up wipes, no cleansing oils…

This summer (and the whole year, I guess) I’ve been loving The Body Shop Foaming Face Wash from the Nutriganics range. It gets rid of make-up very easily, doesn’t dry my skin out and 99 % of its ingredients are of natural origin! And I love natural stuff!

Moisturiser

I don’t have two separate moisturisers in my life – one for daytime and one for night. But I do have another product from The Body Shop Nutriganics range and it is known as Nutriganics Smoothing Day Cream.  This cream sinks into your skin quicker than you get your foundation from the drawer of your vanity table! It also provides very balanced moisture without making your skin greasy and heavy. The fact that this cream has a pump also adds some bonus points to this product as putting your fingers into a cream pot isn’t as hygienic. Overall, it’s a wonderful product which suits my skin perfectly.

Mask

Every now and then my hands reach out for some sort of mask which would get rid of impurities and dead skin. I can instantly admit that I haven’t yet found my perfect mask and I don’t think that the mask which I am going to present in a second is my all time favourite. It has been my summer favourite, though. So, this summer I’ve been loving Uriage HYSÉAC Exfoliating mask which can be used both as a mask and as a scrub. Yes, I loved the fact that it is a multi-functioning product but I can tell you that this product works wonders! At first I was a bit unsure about this mask/scrub as with all the masks I never see any difference after using them. I used this product as a mask every third day and as a scrub once a week. I started noticing considerable changes after a solid month of using this product. I used to have a lot of blackheads on my nose and this mask helped me to get rid of them almost completely. Overall, it’s a great and convenient product suitable for many skin types!

So, these are my summer 2016 skincare top products which I have been loving, using and recommending throughout this summer. Although summer has said Good bye, most of these products will stay with me until new discoveries will beat them!

Tell me whether you found any new products this summer and whether you agree that less is more especially when we talk about skincare routine/products we use daily?

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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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The Body Shop Haul

Happy Thursday everyone!

O-M-G how much I am loving spring and sun! And warm weather! And green grass! And blue sky! I am just L-O-V-I-N-G it! You know what I do love also!? – The Body Shop SALES! My purse, though, does not like it at all but ohh well… Today I decided to write a quick post about my recent purchases from the Body Shop and share some thoughts about them. So, without further ado, let’s jump into the actual post.

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Satsuma Shower Gel 250 ml

Ohh boy, this stuff smells like heaven. The smell is really fresh and wakes me up so well in the morning. It’s just a shower gel, therefore, I don’t have any specific criteria… But definitely try this one out if you like citrusy scents.

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Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray 100 ml

When days are getting hotter and hotter and when I start exercising outside more frequently, I must always equip myself with a good spray for my foot. There are not that many foot sprays on the market ( I mean, good foot sprays), so most of the time I opt for TBS Peppermint Cooling Foot Spray. And, it’s indeed cooling! It’s my fourth bottle, so I definitely recommend it! It’s an amazing thing for the summer time.

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Facial Massager

O.K., the story of this item originates in Youtube! I’ve seen so many youtubers talking about this facial massager, therefore, I decided to give it a go. The purpose of this tool is to give a massage to your face after you put your night moisturiser and/or serum on. It should help your skin to absorb your cream/serum better as well as improve skin’s flexibility. I’ve used it only once, so I don’t have a strong opinion about it but I found it a bit too hard for my liking. But I’ll continue using it and I’ll update you in the future!

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Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash 150 ml

Right, let me begin by saying that I hate playing with make-up removal wipes, oils and whatnot. I always go for a good cleanser which would remove all my make-up. Recently I was particularly looking for foaming cleansers, and I am a huge fan of The Body Shop Tea Tree Foaming Cleanser… The Tea Tree cleanser is cheaper comparing to Nutriganics Foaming Facial Wash but Nutriganics one has 98 % ingredients of natural origin, so, it’s definitely better for you skin. I had this cleanser before and I really loved it, so 40 % off was a reason why I got it again!

Nutriganics Smoothing Day Cream 50 ml

I am running out of my beloved L’occitane face cream, so I thought, I should get something from Nutriganics range. I haven’t tried this cream as yet but the reviews were positive, so fingers crossed!!!

Nutriganics Refreshing Toner 200 ml

It’s been ages since the last time I purchased/used any kind of toner. Never tried this one but again, I found a lot of positive opinions about it, so hopefully it won’t disappoint me.

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So, these are all the items I got. Tell me whether you like these kind of posts. I am planning to do a skin-care routine post, so tell me whether you would be interested in that?

Have a nice day!

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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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