LOccitane Verbena Verveine range

L’Occitane Verbena Range

Since my husband introduced me to this range (yes, really!), I’ve been a real fan. We’ve been buying the foaming bath for years now and last Christmas he surprised me with a gift box full of Verbena goodies.

Verbena

Among all the aromatic herbs that grow along the paths of Provence, there is one whose lemony freshness revives the body and mind. Its name is Verbena.
When baskets are piled high with freshly harvested green verbena leaves, its distinctive fragrance fills the air around the markets of Provence.

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Homemade lip balm – Handmade by Livia

Back in October I went to Homemade Beauty Products Workshop organised by Midas Touch Crafts and got inspired by it to make some beauty products myself. The workshop covered how to make hairspray, lip balm and scrub, and body scrub. Out of all of those I decided lip balm was the easiest and started to look up recipes online as I didn’t particularly like the contents we used at the workshop.

As the obsession suggests, I like lavender so I definitely wanted a recipe including lavender essential oil. I found one that had very simple ingredients: Continue reading

The Library of Fragrance 

When I was doing a little online beauty haul at Boots for my points I discovered this unique fragrance range  – The Library of Fragrance. What caught my attention, were the odd names! How about Gin & Tonic, Gingerbread, Holy Water or Grass? Or more standard like Lavender, Mango and Peony? I knew I wanted to get one but which one?! I went with Grass. It’s the middle of winter and I yearned for the summery sweet scent of freshly mown lawn.  Continue reading

Skin3 4th birthday

Last Thursday I was invited to Skin3 salon’s 4th birthday. I’ve been a regular there for over a year and I was delighted to be invited to celebrate with the staff and other customers. The prosecco was flowing and the canapés served were mouthwatering. I brought along a friend who is a fellow Environ products convert and were extremely delighted with the gift bag containing: Continue reading

e.l.f. Makeup & Cosmetics is back!

I got an email from e.l.f. (stands from eyes, lips and face) announcing they’re back in the UK market and encouraging you to get back to your regularly scheduled beauty fix today! 😉

I ordered some of their products last summer but then at some point I noticed nothing was on sale on their website and I’m not sure what had happened. But hey, now they’re back and I cannot wait to browse.

Their range consists of more than 1000 different products including glosses, bronzers, eyeshadow pallettes, brushes, blushes, mineral makeup and much, much more. And the best bit of all?… prices start from just £1.95!

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Review – My Little Box

Since March I’ve been a receiver of beauty surprises that My Little Box delivers on a monthly basis. At that time I was new to the monthly beauty box idea and didn’t realise there were so many out there, the main ones that pop to my head are Birchbox and Glossybox but there are so many more out there that it’s getting harder to pick your favourite. I bet there are tons of women out there subscribing to more than just one.

So, for some reason I selected My Little Box. Maybe it was the beautifully designed website featuring illustrations by Japanese artist Kanako Kuno, or maybe it was the elegant Parisian feel to the whole presentation of their product offering that appealed to me. Whoever is behind their marketing, I’m in awe, after all, I’m such a sucker for all things charming and pretty. I wish I could even draw like the aforementioned artist! Continue reading

Embracing the 70s

This summer (what? did we actually have summer this year? 🙂 ) I went to a friend’s 40th birthday celebration that had a 70s theme. It was highly entertaining to see so many guests truly embracing it and turning up in afros, bohemian florals, hot pants, bell-bottom trousers… We were a colourful noisy crowd!

I had a total last-minute wardrobe change. I was planning to wear a relatively simple jumpsuit that to me looked 70s enough but earlier that day I just mentioned in passing that I’ll be going to this theme party and a friend of mine said she had a genuine custom-made dress that her mum had made in the 70s! Success! So this is what I wore: first from the left:

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Review – YSL Beauté

I’ve got enlarged pores and it’s near impossible to shrink them but apparently this product promises to change the way they look. By applying this transparent gel primer to areas more prone to oiliness and where the pores are more noticeable, it illuminates the planes of your face.

It’s Touche Éclat blur primer by Yves Saint Laurent in a beautiful luxurious golden packaging: Continue reading

My favourite nail varnishes this summer were…

September’s shadows
Fall faster and faster now
As summer absconds

C. Richard Miles

We switched on heating last night, which means summer is pretty much over. There might be a spike of temperatures next week but I’ve dug out my boots and put away my flip flops.

I was re-ordering my nail varnish box (I use My Little Boxes for storage 😉 ) and wanted to highlight my five favourites this summer: Continue reading

Environ skincare

A beauty therapist friend of mine introduced me to Environ skincare products more than a year ago and although I got distracted I’m now regularly on that skincare regime and have advanced to AVST 5 with my daily moisturiser (explanation below). The reason I went back on it is because I started developing pigmentation marks on my forehead and cheeks and Environ products are known to assist in improving uneven skin tone and appearance of sun damaged skin. Here’s my story :/ : Continue reading