forgotten beauty essentials

hello all!

today’s post is about my not-so-glamorous beauty essentials, the ones that i often overlook but are honestly important steps in my routine (click on the product image for more info).

1. tweezerman: slant tweezer

oh, the tweezerman. i have this one in red (so that i always find it in the bottom of my packed makeup bag) and i can not go a few days without pulling it out. i struggle with a lot of stubborn tiny little eyebrow hairs and this slanted pair does the trick. when i first purchased it years ago, i thought the price was a little outrageous, but to be honest, it’s still going strong and it’s been at least…four years?

2. nivea: hydro care lip balm

a perfect example of something that is purely functional and unglamorous. it honestly just keeps my lips hydrated. i like this particular one because it has no smell, no tingly feeling (i’m talking to you, blistex) and doesn’t do that awkward stuff at the corner of your mouth if you apply too much (if that’s tmi, i’m sorry!).
i only have this guy around during the colder months because i reapply so often that i need something that can endure my reapplication obsession.

if you don’t like slippery lip balms, this isn’t for you. but for someone like me who reapplies every minute, then it’s something to consider since it’s not too expensive (usually comes in a pack of two that are often on sale!).

3. clinique: take the day off cleansing balm

thanks to caroline hirons for lighting the path to this product. i am still mourning the fact that i can’t get the emma hardie cleansing balm for a decent price (or decent shipping) so i opted for this functional cleansing balm. although it may not be a spa-like experience, it really does get the job done. you don’t need much, it’s not scented and it takes off my stubborn waterproof mascara.

4. eucerin: calming crème

now, i use this because i have extremely dry and eczema-prone skin. i also tend to scratch my dry patches during my sleep and can not for the life of me keep gloves on during the night. this was recommended by my dermatologist and i have ignored it for the past two years because i was longing for a nice scented body lotion. but nothing calms the itchiness quite like this body creme. it is extremely effective and does the trick. after taking a shower in the morning, i mix it with something that smells nice and i use it on its own before going to bed. if you have scaly legs like i do, this is a product worth trying.

5. the turbie twist

i bought this on a whim this summer and do not regret it. although it is not the most absorbent towel out there, what is amazing about this gimmick is that it stays put. and that’s what i want it to do! a little elastic on the back of your head allows you to keep your towel in place while you do other things. i have so much hair that i am extremely thankful to be able to run around the house with this on while my hair towel dries a little bit. otherwise blowdrying would take me about an hour!

i hope these products will inspire you to appreciate the daily essentials that are often underloved.

take care!



winter skin

good monday morning to you!!

today i wanted to share my winter skin essentials and what’s currently on my personal wishlist when it comes to skin care.

here goes!

1. drink water/tea

my new habit is to drink water as soon as i wake up. i used to drink water or tea in the morning but never realised how thirsty i was until i gulped down two glasses of water one after the other! water keeps you alert and hydrated and we should all make sure we get at least 8 glasses of it a day.

2. hydrating toner

i am a huge fan of caudalie’s beauty elixir but realised it wasn’t doing much for my skin when the temperature suddenly dropped.

my current favourite is clarins’ toning lotion with camomille. i can not express how dramatically hydrated and plumped my skin feels after using it. i’ve also noticed less breakouts after it being the only thing i changed in my routine. i use it after my exfoliating toner and before a face oil & moisturiser which brings me to…

3. face oil

i use face oils all throughout the year but add a drop or two more during the colder months. i even like to apply it in the morning, even if i’m putting makeup on. the one i am currently using is the clarins’ lotus face treatment oil. it’s a nice oil that smells wonderful and that is targeted to oily and combination skin. i have combination skin and found it to have been light enough for daytime and hydrating enough for bedtime. the essential oil blend may be too much for people with sensitive skin or eyes but the clarins counter is very generous and gave me a nicely sized sample to try beforehand.

4. moisturiser

i used up my kate somerville goat milk cream which was perfectly suited to my combination, acne prone skin. however, i am currently on the hunt for something more nourishing and am eyeing the aesop camellia nut facial hydrating cream or the primrose facial hydrating cream. both products were given to me in a gorgeous little sample routine the aesop rep gave me and i loved them both! i vaguely remember the camellia nut being more potent and extremely effective for dry patches.

so there are my current winter skin favourites! will keep you updated if i try new products as the season unfolds!

have a jolly day!


link love #1

hello, hello!

sad to have missed my monday post after a little episode of feeling under the weather but back with a jolly post today!

we all have our little corners of the internet that make our everyday just a little bit better. in this series, i’ll be sharing my favourite links of the past week. hope you’ll enjoy!

1. leo babauta of zen habits: 12 indispensable mindful living tools

this blog is one of my favourite reads. i always feel refreshed, motivated and calmed by leo babauta’s words. this post is no exception. his 12 indispensable mindful living tools can be applied to any lifestyle, any situation and any relationships. this week, i am trying to apply them as best as i can, especially “letting go of control”, “be compassionate” and “be curious”. also, i have tried to meditate in the past but haven’t been able to keep it up consistently. as per leo babauta’s recommendations, a few minutes in the morning should be enough to implement a positive change to my routine.

2. martha rose shulman: gluten-free chocolate buckwheat biscotti

the new york times’ recipes for health series has been one of my favourite recipe database online. martha rose shulman has innovative combinations but always manageable and, most importantly, delicious & healthy!

i have yet to try these biscotti but the recipe looks absolutely wonderful. i plan to try this recipe this weekend and will keep you posted on twitter!

3. vivianna does makeup: a skincare update

anna from vivianna does makeup is one of my favourite beauty blogger and youtuber to follow. her recommendations always seem to suit my tastes and needs and her recent skincare blogpost got me particularly interested in the british brand aurelia. skincare is definitely something i love to indulge in, especially if the brand has a great ethos.

4. angie stone ft. snoop dogg: i wanna thank ya

my jogging track of the week! this groovy song gets a little pep in your step instantly.

hope you enjoyed this new series! i love discovering new lifestyle blogs so if you have any recommendations, please do share!

until next time!