29 July 2015

Summer faves #3: Body


Dear readers,

Although we have a bath tub, I insisted on keeping it when we decided what to choose for our bathroom remodeling, I usually take a short shower in the morning and a second one at night before going to bed.


I reach for the Orangeasm body wash by Soap and Glory in the morning as it has a fresh citrus scent mixed with a faint smell of orange blossom. It's a very creamy texture that foams up quite a lot and leaves your skin feeling very hydrated. I'm good to go with a pump and a half to two pumps.


At night I enjoy this new discovery: the Orange Blossom shower gel by Le Petit Marsellais. It was on offer at my local drugstore when I was in need of a hand wash and I loved it so much that I'm using it as a shower gel as well. I always get a shower gel instead of a hand wash as they are cheaper and they work exactly the same. I just fill in my hand wash dispenser with whatever affordable shower gel I fancy. This one's more flowery scent as the name says but it's not too overwhelming. It's the perfect scent to relax at night and help you sleep better.


As for hydration I'm using the The Body Shop Body Sorbets at the moment, I have this one in Satsuma and another in Pink Grapefruit. Citrus scent are my favourite smell of all, especially during the warmer months. The texture is a bit weird, it has like tiny beads that look and smell like bits of mandarin peel but when you apply it they diffuse into the skin. Even in the hottest of days I don't feel this bothering me, it absorbs completely and leaves your skin soft and dry.


I always forget to exfoliate, I know how important it is but I never seem to have the time to take this extra step. I got this Uriage Gentle Total Exfoliant with a yearly subscription to Elle magazine last year and I'm not even half way through it. 


And the last product is a must-have: Anti-Cellulite Firming cream-gel by Babé. I need to use an anti-cellulite product all year long if I want to keep my legs bump-free. I've noticed no difference between high-end brands and more affordable ones so I just grab whatever I feel like trying out. This one's a more creamy consistency than the gel formulas I'm used to but I love the scent and it doesn't feel sticky afterwards. I use this only at night, on my thighs and bum.

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What are your summer faves?


27 July 2015

Cute packaging feat. Teez Cosmetics


Dear readers,

I haven't heard about Teez Cosmetics before but I wanted to share this with you in case you are, like myself, a sucker for cute packaging. This was sent to me by email from the Cloud 10 beauty team:

Teez cosmetics

They've created 4 different shades, all with pink undertones, one of them a bit more peachy.

Teez cosmetics Sugar Rush Object of Affection Lip Balm


You can choose between 7 shades from nude pinks to darker ones. One side features a matte lipcolour that is said to be long wearing and on the other you'll find a high shine lip lacquer. You can choose to combine them both or wear them on their own.
Teez cosmetics Sugar Rush Sealed with a Kiss Lipduo

They only make them in 7 different shades with a semi-metallic finish but I'm sure they'll create more in the future. I'm rooting for some matte or satin shades as I have very hooded eyelids and my skin's too mature to be wearing metallic shades. Although the packaging is gorgeous it's not very consumer friendly as I imagine it will be a nightmare to store or when you need to select the right shade from the bunch. I hope they are at least easy to depot.

Teez cosmetics Sugar Rush Spectrum of Stars Eyeshadow

These come in 7 metallic shades that can be applied from a very fine line, thanks to the thin brush, up to a bolder look if you continue layering it up. As it's water based I'm curious about its lasting power.

Teez cosmetics Sugar Rush Cloud Nine Eyeliner

It contains vitamin C + E that have antioxidant properties but there's only 3 shades to choose from.

Teez cosmetics Sugar Rush Spoiled Rich Eyebrow cream

What do you think? Are you familiar with the brand? How do you like the packaging? Please comment below.

Teez trend cosmetics


P.S. This is NOT a sponsored post. I haven't tried any of these products.


25 July 2015

10 Beauty YouTube channels I couldn't live without


Dear readers,

For the last 4 and a half years I've been taking up all the beauty tips and tricks I could get hold on from various YouTube channels. My first loves were Michelle Phan, Kandee Johnson and Marlena from MakeupGeek. I still follow their channels but they've outgrown their purpose, I don't feel they have anything left to teach me but I keep watching their vids for other purposes. Michelle's videos are extremely professional, I love how fast Kandee can talk, there doesn't seem to be an end to the amount of information she can compress in 8 minutes and Marlena is a very sweet and lovable lady.


Some of my newest additions may not be make up artists but they contribute in other ways to my search for knowledge or they simply help me relax and enjoy a good show.

So here's my list, in no particular order:

Tanya Burr

If she were to quit YouTube I swear I'd cry my eyes out. There's something about her happy & bubbly personality that makes you feel like she's your best friend in the whole wide world. The other plus point she has in her favour is her boyfriend Jim Chapman. The way they interact on camera, so natural and so loving makes me believe in everlasting love. I'm counting the days to December as I can't wait for her yearly vlogmas videos, they are the best!

Claire Marshall

Her vids are the coolest, they are so well thought and edited that I can just sit and watch with an open mouth and wish I'd look a bit like her. How gorgeous can a person be? Even the hubby is subscribed to her channel as I made him watch video after video.

Emily Noel

This is the channel to watch if you seek advice on a certain product. To me she's the best beauty product reviewer ever. She's extremely thorough with her reviews and she takes her job so serious ly that you feel very secure about the chances of a certain product working out for you or not.

Estee Lalonde

It may be her Canadian accent, or not, but when you hear her speak you just can't stop watching. She has the funniest way to express herself and I just love her.

Ingrid Nilsen

A natural beauty, that's how I would describe her. She pours her heart out in every video and this is captured by the camera. The way she talks about her deepest feelings and interacts with her audience is very rare and for that we love her, all 3.7M people.

Jaclyn Hill

She's my most recent addition, thanks to another YouTuber (Kathleen Lights). In the short time I've been following her I've developed a serious girl crush. Her make up is so flawless it hurts and her highlight is always on fleek. I'd love to get hold of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, the highlighter she created with them.

Lisa Eldridge

For the most expert advice and make up tutorials you need to follow Lisa. Her British accent, perfect diction and slow cadence makes you feel like you're in a meditation class.

Jen Chae

I love her fashion vids, it's difficult for us petite girls to find clothing that fits well and how to best combine items to make us look a bit taller. She's not the most talented at make up or editing or vlogging but she's so cute and she keeps her vids short so they are easier to watch. The one I could watch on hours on end is the 2 minute make up challenge, the way she puts on falsies is  pretty impressive.

Patricia Bright

I'm not sure why I love Patricia, but it may have to do with having similar "issues" while growing up, at least that's what I've interpreted from some of her more in-depth videos. She seems to have gone through a lot before blooming and becoming a self assured and beautiful woman.

All throughout my childhood and well into puberty I've heard nothing but: "you're ugly", "nobody will ever want to marry you", "I can't be your friend because my mum says we don't make friends with coloured people". 

If I'd been a stronger person I'd have replied back and take no notice but I was not, I just caved a hole and tried to hide in it until the hole was so deep that I had difficulty climbing back up. Eventually I did, and all these ladies I'm mentioning in this post have been a big part of me recovering my self esteem and making me feel strong enough to start wearing make up. 

I think the one reason I never wore make up before was because I felt I wasn't worth it. There's a Spanish saying that goes: "aunque la mona se vista de seda, mona se queda". It means something like: even if you're wearing fancy clothing you'll still stay ugly. Maybe there's a similar one in English, I don't know.

And at number 10 a bonus channel:

Maru

He'll help you out with the most important beauty accessory every person needs: a big old smile!




22 July 2015

10 affordable beauty tips


Dear readers,

Skin care is a daily job, using expensive anti-aging products when you reach a certain age will not make up for all those years that you've been neglecting your skin. But it's never too late to start following a beauty routine and I'm giving you 10 tips that you can start following right now:


Beauty Sleep

Although not every person needs the same hours of sleep to recharge and feel rested, it's recommended that you get between 6-9 hours of rest every night.

Drink lots of water

We all know this one but how many of you does actually drink at least 2 litres a day, really? What I've been doing for years is counting my glasses. I start work at 8 sharp so I have one glass of water every hour, that's 8 in total. At home I just drink whatever I feel like as I've already have had my minimum intake of water in the morning.

Cleansing

Use a gentle cleanser morning and night to remove pollution and dirt that build up without you noticing it. You can actually skip cleansing in the morning and go straight to toning your skin using a cotton pad, this way you won't strip your skin from its natural protection. Don't ever skip removing your make up in the evening, try using some make up wipes at least for when you're really, really tired. And don't forget to clean your make up brushes regularly, like once a week, at least.

Hot water

Avoid using hot water as it will strip your skin of its moisture in a damaging way. Try using warm water instead.

Paper tissues

Instead of using a used towel to dry your face try having a tissue box in your bathroom and use a few paper tissues to pat-dry your face after cleansing, no rubbing!

Satin or silk pillowcase

In order to prevent skin creases that could turn into wrinkles later on you should switch over to using satin or silk pillowcases. They aren't that more expensive than plain cotton ones and will last you for a very long time if taken good care of. Remember also that you need to wash them regularly, once a week at least.

Sun

Avoid sun exposure from 12 to 4 in the Summer and always use the recommended SPF30 all year round. Don't forget to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or, 80 minutes if you've been swimming.

Exfoliate

Twice a week, don't overdue it by thinking the more often the better, it will have the opposite effect.

Avoid touching your face

And I mean, not only avoid popping your pimples but like, the less you touch your face the less bacteria will get into your pores and the healthier and clearer your skin will look.

No make up day

Try to give your skin a rest and embrace your bare face. Choose a day in the week that you'll be comfortable not wearing any make up and just enjoy the feeling of having a clean skin.


Don't forget: a happy skin will make you feel happier and be more positive!

20 July 2015

Beauty from within


Dear readers,

Back in March I reviewed the Marine Collagen cream by Simply Supplements. It gave me some amazing results so I ordered the collagen tablets to combine both products for a still better effect. 


From what I read, Collagen is very hard to absorb so it's recommended to take them on an empty stomach and not drink or eat anything else after taking them. I've been taking them at night before going to sleep for over a month now. 


One of my worst nightmares is my hair. I've always had very sparse and fine hair. I've never managed to grow it long as it tends to fall off when reaching shoulder length. I've tried every product out there to avoid getting split ends: leave-in serums/oils/lotions, you name it. 

What I feel helps with keeping my hair shiny and healthy is taking targeted supplements like the HairSkinNails Plus here below. I usually take them 2 times per year for a month or a month and a half during the Autumn, when my hair falls out more than average, and just before Summer, to prepare my hair for the warmer months and give it some added strength.


As for Multivitamins I've been taking them for years, usually around the Spring time, that's when I'm usually feeling more tired than normal. This one I got for free with the last order I placed.


My mum and her boyfriend had been getting their huge load of supplements from another online store. After a quick research and comparison we found out that Simply Supplements offered substantially lower prices in the majority of their products. The website is also very simple to navigate and they offer international delivery to Spain for as low as 3.10 £.  

We were used to waiting 10-15 days to receive our order with the other website so we were amazed that it took Simply Supplements only a few days to deliver. After our first order we have also benefited from discounts and/or free products with every purchase we've made.


I'm leaving you some discount codes in case you want to try out any supplements:

Hurry up as they are only valid until 31/07/2015 and they are having a huge SUMMER SALE!!!

Important Information:

If you are taking any prescription medication, you have a medical condition or you have specific concerns about the suitability of certain supplements, always consult your GP or Pharmacist prior to taking them.

N.B. This is NOT a sponsored post although the links above are affiliate links. You are welcome to visit their website without using those. The opinions expressed in here are 100% my own (as always) , although that doesn't mean that a product that has worked out for me will give you the same results.


18 July 2015

Summer faves #2: Cleansing


Dear readers,

Taking off my make up and deeply cleansing my face is a way to put a hard day's work behind me. Those 30 minutes that I spend in the bathroom before going to bed are what I need to disconnect my brain and wipe my mind clean as well as my face. All my daily worries are left behind after I resurge renewed, like a phoenix, from my evening shower and skin care routine.

Face cleansing favourites

My most recent find has actually become a must-have. Never before had I believed that using wipes would prove so satisfying. I always thought cleansing wipes were to be used sparingly as they aren't supposed to be all that good for your skin but the Ole Henriksen truth to go wipes are unlike any other. I got them in August last year and they have lasted me a long time as I don't use them on a daily basis. In the winter I tend to reach more for cleansing oils or balms although my skin's pretty oily all year round. Ole Henriksen have repackaged them and they are now called The Clean Truth, unfortunately they are no longer selling the convenient 100-pack.

Ole Henriksen truth to go cleansing wipes

Although the wipes are very gentle I never use them for my eyes as I don't like rubbing them too much. I have very hooded eyelids so I want to keep them from sagging more. 

The Garnier eye make up remover is the typical 2-phase oil-based product that you need to shake up before use. It's very gentle but gets rid of the most stubborn heavy smokey eye and waterproof eyeliner/mascara.

Garnier 2 in 1 eye make up remover

Depending on the amount of eye make I'm wearing I dip the eye make up remover on a cotton pad or swab. On working days I'm mostly wearing a neutral eye and some mascara so I only need to use a cotton swab to get rid of any mascara smudges that haven't gone off after my second cleanse.

cotton pads & swabs

For my second cleanse and in the morning I like to alternate between two products. This purifying gel by Garnier has proven to be very effective. A few weeks ago I had to get a new cleanser as I didn't like the one that I'd ordered from The Body Shop. So I grabbed this one at my local drugstore because it said it contained grapefruit, pomegranate and vitamin C. It smells divine as you may imagine and it performs very well. You need the tiniest amount and it will foam up and gently take off any eye make up, mascara included. Most nights I don't need to reach for a separate eye make up remover. 

I like to let it foam up between the palms of my hands and then press the palms onto my close eyelids, leave them there for a few seconds, then very lightly massage them and run a finger through the lash line to help dissolve the mascara. All of this while in the shower as I need to splash water on my face to feel it's been properly cleansed.

Garnier PureActive Fruit Energy purifying gel cleanser for combo/oily skin

A few times a week I reach for this exfoliating gel by Biotherm. It's gentle enough to be used on a daily basis but I don't like exfoliating my skin that often even though I know it's supposed to be the best thing for your skin. I reach for this in the morning or at night, depending on my mood.

Biotherm Biosource clarifying & exfoliating gel

The star of the show is my Dermanew Microdermabrasion set that I got a few years ago on recommendation of Kandee Johnson. It comes with two different heads, one's a brush with longer bristles than the Clarisonic and the other is sponge-padded. It has two settings (low-high) and you can use the bristle-head for regular cleansing using any cleansing product and the sponge head for the microdermabrasion cream that contains micro crystal beads that sort of puffs your skin smooth. I'm trying to use this more often but I'm always too tired at night and in a rush in the morning to be bothered with this. It works on regular batteries and it switches off automatically after 2 minutes. Although it's said to be shower-safe it still creeps me out to use any powered tools in contact with water.

Dermanew dermabrasion set

How does your face-cleansing routine look like? Any tips or recommendations?


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15 July 2015

Out of order #4


Dear readers,

I'm currently in bed with some kind of urinary tract infection and let me tell you, in case you're lucky and have never gone through this, it's the most annoying feeling ever. You're having the need to pee constantly but it actually hurts when you go, sort of like a burning sensation. I actually thought that I'd outgrown this, the same way I did with tonsillitis, as I had been prone to both diseases when I was younger but never again since turning 25...until now :(

As I haven't been able to follow a proper blogging schedule I find myself unprepared to upload a beauty-related post for y'all. I do keep a proper posting schedule (Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays) but I have to admit that I leave the picture taking and editing to the last possible moment. Not being a particularly good writer, reviewer or photographer I only have spontaneity on my side.

Gargoyles TV Show
*image taken from wikimedia

Since I was a little kid I've enjoyed watching cartoons and it's the one thing I've never really outgrown, never wanted to. Even though it wasn't something people would normally do after reaching a certain age. Nowadays you can tell people you've watched Big Hero 6 and nobody will so much as blink but back then, people would put on weird faces that read something like: "poor thing, she's so immature" and then smile at you, condescendingly. One of the cartoon TV shows that I enjoyed watching around 1996 was Gargoyles. I remember running home after my morning shift and just being able to catch it on time. I think they never broadcasted the complete 3 seasons so I recently thought about looking them up and watching them in streaming. I'm halfway through and I'm enjoying them as much as I used to almost 20 years ago.

I'm leaving you with the opening theme: 


Do you still enjoy watching cartoons? What is/was your favourite one?

13 July 2015

Spending ban wish list



Dear readers,

Only two weeks left on my 6-month spending ban and these are a few of the beauty items I'm craving for.

As for my thoughts on my long-term spending ban, being a beauty blogger I think it's definitely one of the stupidest thing I've ever considered doing. How am I supposed to try out new products and find out if they work for me or not if I'm not purchasing any? 

Regarding savings, they are pretty non-existent, I just spent my money on non-beauty related things.
Wish list

11 July 2015

Satsuma vs Orangeasm


Dear readers,

Citrus scented body products are what wake me up and help me start off my day feeling energized.

The Body Shop Satsuma shower gel has been a staple in my shower routine for a while now and is so strongly scented that its fragrance spreads over the whole house. The bottle itself is made out of sturdy plastic and it comes with a handy pump, which is so convenient. With two to three pumps I have more than enough so it takes me a long time to go through the 750ml bottle. It usually sells for 12€ but I like to wait for an offer and stock up, you can get it for 7€ right now.

The Body Shop Satsuma Shower gel

Following the advice of other bloggers/vloggers, in particular Essie Button, I knew I had to try out the Orangeasm body wash by Soap & Glory. The only problem being that S&G isn't sold over here and I couldn't get it at Boots international either. Luckily I was invited to a trip to London this last December so I had the perfect chance to haul it. The scent is a bit less fruity and more flowery, I suppose it's what orange blossom would smell like. As for the texture I find it creamier and therefore more hydrating to the skin than the Satsuma. It also comes with a pump although it only contains 500ml. The packaging is just gorgeous, like all their products and it's sold at their website for 7.61€.

Soap & Glory Orangeasm Body wash

I'm really hoping for Soap & Glory to come to Spain, on the other hand it's the perfect excuse to go to London once in a while. I'd really like to go there more often.

What's your favourite shower gel?

8 July 2015

Bathroom makeover


Dear readers,

Just in the middle of our bathroom remodeling I was told that I had less than 2 months to prepare for an exam. Under the current financial situation, internal promotion exams have been pretty non-existent so there was no way I'd skip this chance. 

As I still had all my vacation days I decided to go for the kill and take them all at once. Of course I couldn't get much done while the banging persisted for days and the whole house was covered in a thick layer of dust.

After the workers were finally done I still couldn't concentrate while being in a messy surrounding. So I spent a few days cleaning up and then got sidetracked by other things that came to my attention. 

Whenever I sat down to study my mind just wandered off and found other stuff that had to be taken care of right there and then, online shopping being one of them. 

Although I'd also planned to take a break from blogging I just couldn't get it out of my head. I was more worried about not leaving my blog unattended for too long than failing the stupid exam.

6 weeks later this is the outcome:

I only studied for 2 weeks (in between naps and online shopping)
I spent more time on social media than breathing
My bank account is full of cobwebs 
I told all my friends we couldn't meet up because I was studying, which I was not
The parcel delivery guy was given a raise for all the extra work I gave him 
There's a bum-dent on my mattress from all the long hours spent watching Netflix
I got a 6.35 out of 10 so not enough for the promotion but I'm happy I passed
I'm out of vacation days but I don't have any money left anyway

As for our new bathroom, what do y'all think? 

I wrote 2 previous posts on this bathroom renovation but in case you missed those I'm leaving you a before picture:


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Bathroom remodeling #1
Bathroom remodeling #2

6 July 2015

Summer faves #1: Sun care


Dear readers,

If there were some sort of SPF-police I'd make sure to turn in my application ASAP.

I remember the time when I used factor 2 and felt like I was well protected. In my defense, SPF wasn't a big thing back then and it wasn't until later that people became aware of the importance of using sunscreen.

Most of us already know about the do's and don'ts of sun exposure but it's better to be safe than sorry, they say, so I'm listing the rules that I can remember:

  • Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before sun exposure
  • Reapply every 2 hours or 80 minutes in case you've been swimming
  • Use at least SPF15, although SPF30 is preferrable
  • Avoid direct sun exposure between the hours of 10:00 to 16:00
  • Even in the winter you should use a moisturizer/foundation with SPF 
  • Clouds offer little to no protection, don't be fooled by them
  • A strong breeze mitigates the heat but the UV-rays are equally harmful
  • Don't forget your eyes and wear some good protective sunglasses 
  • Not all beach umbrellas or awnings offer good protection, be wary of them
  • Drink tons of water, not soda (sugar), water

Summer faves: Sun Care products

My personal recommendations would be:

  • Apply sunscreen at home, naked, so you'll make sure not to miss any spots
  • Don't forget to apply sunscreen on your feet and ears (front and back)
  • I like using a targeted anti-wrinkle SPF cream for my face and chest area
  • Wear a hat or cover your hair to prevent it from drying out and fading
  • If you don't like reapplying sunscreen at the beach, leave after 2 hours
  • Always carry some SPF with you in case of the unexpected
  • Don't overdue sun exposure when on holidays, if someone asks you back home just tell them you were partying day and night or just fake-tan it

As for my favourite sun care products this year:

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50+


I love using Japanese sunscreen on a daily basis, they are very lightweight, sink right into the skin and don't mess with the foundation I put on top. Not to be used for sunbathing, though, not sure why but I think I read it somewhere not long ago.

Eve Lom Daily Protection + SPF50


This is a recent purchase of mine that didn't work out for what I intended it to. As I have very oily skin this thick formula messes up my foundation and makes me look like a disco ball right after application. I'm now using this on beach- or no makeup-days.

Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence

Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence. Anti-breakage, heat protecting, conditioning spray. 

Although I always cover my hair when I'm at the beach I need to protect it on a daily basis. I don't walk in the sun very often as I'm either at the office or at home but I'm not risking it. I haven't noticed this product giving my hair any weird texture and it doesn't weigh my hair down. It doesn't smell particularly nice but the smell fades almost immediately.

Garnier Delial Ambre Solaire Golden Protect SPF30


I'm not going into how much I love this product. I've raved about it so many times that I'm getting very bored of myself. It gives you the most beautiful glow, it doesn't feel sticky or oily and it smells nice enough for being a sunscreen.

Yves Rocher Protectyl Végétal after sun lotion


Very lightweight but nourishing formula, it smells divine even though I'm not particularly keen on nutty scents. My skin feels a bit drier than usual during the summer months and this worked perfectly last summer so I'm keeping it on my shelf.

Collistar anti-wrinkle after-sun face treatment


Even my oily skin needs some deep moisturizing after a day at the beach and this product feels very nourishing and refreshing at the same time. I love the scent, it reminds me of my all time favourite perfume Ysatis by Givenchy. The texture seems thick at first sight but as it blends into the skin it turns into a more gel-like formula and is very quickly absorbed.

What are your favourite summer products? Any tips I've left out?


4 July 2015

Happy 4th July nail art


Dear readers,

Even though I'm not American I wanted to practice some easy nail art design and, what's easier than using red, blue and white nail polish and draw some stars and stripes?



As a beginner I don't have the skills to create perfect stars and stripes so I just grabbed a dotting tool and put some silver glitter polish on the blue background to simulate the stars and with my white nail art pen I tried to draw the straightest lines I was capable of.

I also included two accent nails, one with a white background and some silver glitter on top near the cuticle and lightly dragging it down, simulating falling rain fireworks. And the second accent nail I left plain silver because I just felt like it.



The products I used were:

- OPI natural nail base coat
- NYX Girls in 103 navy blue
- ORLY in monroe's red
- Essence Colour & Go in a metallic silver
- L'Óreal in 857 white
- Ciaté mini in PP114 locket (I suppose)
- Revlon quick dry top coat

I wish all my US readers a great day and to the rest of you have an amazing weekend,

1 July 2015

June empties


Dear readers,

In no particular order let me show you my June empties.

First off an unfavourite: The Alqvimia Orange Blossom Water Facial Tonic 200ml.  I'd wanted to try out this brand for a while and I was lucky enough to find them at last year's beauty fair. I think it was sold for about 20€ and that included a 50% discount.

I'm not particularly keen on facial tonics in general so I can't say this one felt better than any other brand I've tried. I just don't see the point in using them and haven't noticed any difference in my skin's behaviour when I did. I can only say that the scent was great and that it sprayed a very fine mist, which is always a plus for me.

Alqvimia Orange Blossom Water Facial Tonic

Next up a goody: Satsuma Shower Gel by The Body Shop. What can I say about this? It smells delicious and it has taken me a long time to get through a whole bottle so it's worth the price. I already have two back ups, another in Satsuma and the other in Pink Grapefruit. Citric scents are my fave for the summer, and spring, and autumn, and winter, lol.

The Body Shop Satsuma Shower Gel

This one was a freebie with an online purchase I made. At first I wasn't impressed by the cheap packaging but as I started using it I really enjoyed it. It didn't have a thick consistency which I prefer for the spring, I rather leave the thicker body butters for autumn and winter. It had a faint aloe scent and it absorbed quickly but I don't think I will repurchase this, though.

Chhabria Aloe Vera body lotion

Anessa (Shiseido) BB cream SPF50 30g: I bought this in Tokyo a couple of years back and I enjoyed it even though the shade was too fair for me. For some reason I like Japanese SPF products much more that European brands. They feel so much more lightweight and work wonderfully under foundation. Can't remember what I paid for this one but it mustn't have been more than 15-20€.

Anessa BB cream SPF 50+

My first ever Look Fantastic Beauty Box came with myvitamins effervescent tablets: I always like taking some vitamin supplements in the spring. For some reason I sometimes feel a bit more tired than usual around that time of year and I feel that taking vitamins helps me somewhat. More on this topic in a future post.

myvitamins effervescent tablets

Macadamia Natural oil Rejuvenating Shampoo: This tiny 100ml bottle has lasted me for a while as I've cut back on washing my hair from 3-4 times a week to only 2 times. My hair is getting sparser with age and I've never had a big mane when I was younger so I've always liked to take extra good care of it. I love that it really foams up unlike some other paraben- and sulfate-free shampoos. I'll be repurchasing this in the future for sure but at the moment I'm trying out a different brand. You can read my previous post to find out which one.

Macadamia Natural Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo

Integrate (Shiseido). Best eyebrow pencil I've ever used, although I haven't tried anything by Anastasia Beverly Hills yet. I love it just because it has the most perfect ashy-gray shade that matches my brows 100%. I also got this during my trip to Tokyo but I've found a website where I can order it from: Adambeauty. I think it's sold for around 10€.

Integrate eyebrow pencil

And we finish off with another unfavourite: The 3''' more inches shampoo and conditioner. These I also got in my Look Fantastic Beauty Box but I have nothing good to say about them. The conditioner had a very watery consistency what totally defeats its purpose. My hair didn't feel nourished and soft after using them so no repurchase here.

3''' more inches Shampoo and Conditioner

And that was it for this month's empties. I'll expect to be back to my blogging schedule after my exam next Tuesday. Wish me luck!