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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England – France – Spain. Our road trip. Photo diary

Hello beautiful people!

Long time no see. I mean really long time… But finally I am back! I cannot guarantee, though, that I will become more regular in terms of my posting schedule, however, there is no reason why I shouldn’t… I do really miss blogging as well as reading other blogs and engaging with people but in the last couple of months my life was just crazy. So many things happened and I promise to talk about all of them later this month. Today I decided to finally write a post about our road trip to Spain which now doesn’t feel that recent due to so many things happening afterwards. But, I guess, a blog post about it will allow me to revive all the memories from our wonderful time in Spain.

I decided to split this post into two sections. The first section will be about the five mostly asked questions about our trip while the second part will contain a little photo diary. So, without further ado, we should jump straight into the actual post, shall we?

Why Spain and why by car?

First and foremost, a lot of people ask me why Spain and why by car when it is much easier to travel by plane. Well, Spain was on my bucket list for a really long time. I feel that I have always been in love with Spain – I love culture, food, people, weather and Spanish language which I actually wanted to learn for a really long time. So, I felt that this time was a perfect time to finally go and visit this Mediterranean country. Talking about the decision to travel by car, I guess, the best explanation would be our wish to see as much as possible.  I do think now that it would have been more convenient to fly to, let’s say, Paris and then rent a car rather than drive all the way from home, but you learn as you go, don’t you?

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England (Liverpool) – France – Spain – England (Liverpool). We did around 3600 miles in 14 days.

How did we plan our itinerary? 

I had an idea in my head that I would like to travel along the coastline of Spain… So I just needed to get a consent from my boyfriend … Cities such as Barcelona, Benidorm, Valencia – they all are by the sea, so the decision to travel along the coastline really worked out. It was also much easier to plan as you just pick hotels that are on your way…

Talking about hotels, we have stayed in 9 hotels in total, and they were ranging from hostels to 4 stars beautiful hotels. In cities such as Barcelona, it is not worth taking an expensive hotel unless you have a lot of money and you want to live like a queen and a king, hahaha. As we have spent most of time exploring the actual city, staying in a hostel was the perfect option for us.

 *I am thinking to make a few posts about my tips and tricks while planning a road trip, therefore, I’m not going to elaborate too much this time.*

How much did it cost?

The third mostly asked question is how much does a journey like this cost? Well, neither much nor little – around £ 1000 per person (including accommodation, petrol, ferry, food and other expenditures). It might look a lot but bear in mind that we have been travelling for 14 days and we did around 3600 miles in total, so, in my opinion, the cost for one person is justifiable. I guess, the expenditures could have been potentially reduced but, as I mentioned, I will be making a separate post about tips and tricks on how to save, what to see and etc.

What did I like the most and what left me disappointed? 

That’s the easiest question. Both my boyfriend and I loved Barcelona! I mean this city is just ‘life’s goal’… It’s the city which can please anyone. The city which never sleeps. The city which has one of the most fascinating buildings of a single architect Antoni Gaudi. It’s the city which sits between the mountains and the sea. It’s the city which can offer something for people who love history and for people who love modernity. It’s THE CITY where I would love to live. I fell in love with Barcelona and currently I am quite sure that this is my next destination!

Together with my boyfriend, we said a no-no to France and Paris in particular. We had a chance to stay and explore Paris for a few days, and, yes, Paris is beautiful and architecture is stunning but in comparison to Barcelona, Paris wasn’t as appealing. It’s probably kind of my fault as I always judge each place by asking one question ‘Would I like to live there or no?” So, Paris wasn’t that place where I would like to go and settle in. It’s just not my cup of tea.

Was it worth ?

The last question that has to be answered is “Was it worth travelling by car?”. The answer is simple – YES, YES, YES! I mean, travelling by car and doing long distances is definitely not for everyone but we knew that this journey will require a maximum concentration, commitment and strength. But every moment was so worth it!

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A Photo Diary

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The Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)

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Views from the Eiffel Tower (Paris, France)

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Beautiful architecture in Paris, France

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The River Seine in Paris, France

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The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France

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Inside of the Notre-Dame Cathedral (Paris, France)

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Beautiful stained-glass windows of the Notre-Dame Cathedral (Paris, France)

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Driving from France to Spain

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Selfie-stick in use. La Sagrada Familia – a symbol of Barcelona, Spain

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My favourite pizza with a runny egg in the middle (Barcelona, Spain)

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Vegetarian paella (Barcelona, Spain)

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A little gem – Sagunto, Spain

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Benidorm – a city full of skyscrapers 

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Was a bit scary to sit on the edge of a hill but you can probably do even more for a nice picture like this, right? (Benidorm, Spain)

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The rock of Gibraltar (Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory)

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Wondered who was more scared to sit on the edge – me or this cute little monkey? (Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory)

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Rustic interior is my new favourite (Villaharta, Spain) 

 

 

So, these are all the photos I wanted to share with you, my lovely readers. I hope you liked this post as much as I loved putting all these pictures together. Remember that travelling is the only thing you buy that makes you richer, so I wish you all to travel the world and experience its beauty!

See you all very soon,

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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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Summer essentials

We don’t have that many sunny days here, in England, however, when we do – it’s important to take care of your skin. I am pale as a sheet of paper, therefore I need proper care for my skin which usually tends to be very sensitive. I am very sceptical about using a lot of products though. So, here is my top 3 summer essentials that maintain normal condition of my skin throughout the summer.

image[1] Body lotion/cream by Collistar. I don’t particularly like those heavy and greasy body butters, therefore I choose to use something light on my skin. Collistar Crema Rassodante Intensiva (Intensive firming cream) is my go-to favourite this summer. This lotion is full of active ingredients, super absorbable and exceptionally smooth. It protects the collagen and elastic fibres gradually giving increased tone and compactness as well as nourishment and moisture to your body skin. I love this product because it sinks into my skin very quickly, and in general it’s a perfect cream after sunbathing.

[2] I also don’t forget my hands. In order to protect and nourish them I use Lithuanian brand Margarita ecological hand cream with oat milk and cranberry extract. What I like about this cream is that it’s cheap and performs particularly well for the price you pay. Oat milk has moisturising and soothing properties whereas cranberry extract protects from damaging environmental effects such as sun. It’s particularly suitable for sensitive skin and it sinks very well too. Cheap, great quality and nice smelling product!

[3] Last but not least is face cream by M&S (Pro-Tolerance Anti-Redness Instant Relief Cream). Honestly I never tried any cosmetics from M&S because usually I don’t go there very often. Last time I’ve been there was when we got £100 voucher to spend, and this was the time when I bought this cream. This cream gently calms and comforts whilst leaving skin feel hydrated. It also has some cooling and soothing properties, thus it’s a good cream to use in the summer. This cream is supposed to reduce redness on your face, and to my surprise it does what it says, however, in order to maintain a long-term effect you shouldn’t be lazy. Apply it every morning and evening. Overall, it’s a really nice, lightweight cream which is even suitable to use before you apply your foundation. Highly recommend.

So, these are my top 3 summer essentials which are used pretty much every day. Tell me what are your favourite summer products?

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