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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L’occitane Pivoine Sublime Perfecting Cream. Review

Hello everybody!

Hope you’re all well and in a proper festive mood. Tell me how is your preparation for Christmas going? Have you decorated your home? Have you managed to buy any gifts? To me, personally, Christmas is the most beautiful holiday, and I thoroughly enjoy buying and wrapping gifts, making mulled wine at home, decorating my apartment, etc. It is a bit sad, though, that it is the 3rd Christmas in a row when I am away from my home country and my family, but, oh well, sometimes you have to make these decisions and sometimes you have to give up something. To counterbalance my nostalgic feelings about Christmas celebration at home, I should say, that we went a bit crazy this year in terms of decorating our beautiful flat in Liverpool. By saying ‘a bit crazy’ I mean, that we decorated our apartment with 32 meters of Christmas lights (see a picture below), and, yeah, it is mental. I mean, I’m 1.60 meters tall, and those lights are 20 times longer than I’m. Neighbours are saying that our apartment looks like a night club when it’s dark, hahaha 😀 But I like it so much. Do the Christmas lights make you excited too? Share your feelings/thoughts in the comments section below.

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Today’s post is going to be about a new face cream that I wanted to get so badly, especially after trying its sample like a month or so ago. Let me start by explaining how I got my hands on this cream and why I fell in love with it from the first sight. So, like a month or so ago I was browsing the Internet and I came across with L’occitane’s promotion of new face care products. I went onto the page where I was asked to fill a short questionnaire about my skin and its problems. After completing this questionnaire, the programme chose the best cream to tackle my skin issues. And it was the time when I met with my new favourite face cream for the first time. The cream is called Pivoine Sublime with Peony Extract (Perfecting Cream).

Once the programme ‘decided’ which cream is the most suitable for me, I was allowed to print off a voucher that entitled me to a free 7-days sample of that cream. Who doesn’t like free stuff? So, I went to the nearest L’occitane shop in Liverpool City Centre, presented a voucher to a shop assistant and collected my free sample.

I got home, washed my make-up off, as I was impatient, and applied that cream onto my face. And I completely fell in love with it. Fell in love with it so strongly that I straightaway realised that I need to get a full size product. Although it is a bit pricey (£ 32 for a 50 ml pot), I still wanted to get it, and, definitely, Christmas is the perfect time to treat yourself.

A little bit about the actual product

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The label claims that the peonies’ extract should perfect your skin, correct complexion and texture irregularities. The cream is supposed to suit all skin types and enhance skin’s beauty. Over time, skin should become more and more beautiful. The cream intensely hydrates, boosts, makes your skin looking fresh, luminous and rested. Finally, it should make your skin feel smooth and velvety or, more precisely, pores, fine lines and imperfections should look reduced.

My experience

From my personal experience, I have to admit that this cream does most of the things that are stated on the label. I would not, though, agree with its claim that it’s suitable for all skin types. I would not recommend buying it if you have an extremely dry skin because, in my opinion, there is not that much of hydration in this cream. I mean it’s good for a light hydration but nothing more. You might try layering but then, again, what’s the point of using a pricey cream if you need to layer it, and you will run out of it very quickly.

The actual cream seems thick, while still in the pot, but feels really nice and light on your skin. Once you apply it, it takes only a couple of minutes to sink into your skin which is such a plus to me as I am all the time rushing out of my house. Skin feels plumped in just a few seconds.

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What is more, I don’t know whether it’s my skin reacting to it this way or it’s the cream itself, but it feels that this cream forms a protective film on your face. That protective film ‘kind of’ locks hydration inside and works perfectly as a base for your foundation or a BB or a CC or a DD cream (depends what you use). I would not say that this cream evens out your skin tone, however, it does fill your pores and fine lines which, in turn, works like ‘a primer’ for your foundation/BB cream. During the winter months, my skin becomes a bit problematic due to changing weather and constant inside (warm) – outside (cold) changes. To tackle the problems of my skin, I tend to stick to one good product instead of layering 1000 products, therefore, this cream works wonders as I don’t need to layer up so many creams or serums in order to achieve the same result. This cream is indeed universal.

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Furthermore, I have a sensitive skin and I am very picky in terms of the products I put on my face. This moisturiser did not cause me any allergic reactions. The cream, though, has a strong smell of peonies which might not be acceptable for some people, but I don’t mind, to be honest.

When I looked into the ingredients list, I was ‘shocked for a second’ because it’s quite extensive. However, there are not that many ingredients to worry about. Maybe fumaric acid can possibly cause skin irritation, however, it’s relatively low on the ingredients list, so, it shouldn’t cause any problems. This cream doesn’t contain any known parabens or unnecessary oils which is a plus because we don’t want to put pure chemicals on our face. The cream is enriched with peonies’ extract and mineral-based optical correctors to help to create that ‘perfect-looking’ complexion. Peonies are widely used in Chinese medicine for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. They are valued due to their ability to boost micro circulation, and, therefore, improve skin’s condition.

Overall, despite the minor drawbacks that are common to all products we use, it is an amazing moisturiser if you have ‘not too dry skin’. It is versatile as you do not need to use any primers afterwards. The skin feels soft, smooth and plumped just in a few minutes time. It a wonderful cream for people, who are all the time rushing and who cannot allow 15 minutes for the cream to sink in (My time is too precious to be wasted while waiting for the cream to sink in :D). Love this cream so much!

So, this was my review of this beautiful perfecting cream by the L’occitane. Tell me if you ever had a chance to use this cream? Did you like it or there was something what caused a negative opinion about this cream?

Have a nice day/evening!

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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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