Monday, 27 March 2017

My Lush Skincare Essentials

I've mentioned this already in most of my skincare posts, but Lush is by far my favourite skincare brand, ever since I've gone completely cruelty free 90% of my skincare products are from them.

The main reason I love Lush is their ethics as a company, Lush not only is 100% cruelty free with many vegan products as well but they are also strong advocates against animal cruelty and ethical buying and support different causes and charities.
On top of that their products are fairly priced, incredibly high quality, handmade, mostly made by natural ingredients, work like a dream, smell heavenly and are, from my experience, great for more sensitive skin types.

So I wanted to share with you guys the Lush products I can't live without, the ones I rush to the shop to get more as soon as I notice they're about to run out, the ones that as much as I like to switch things up on my skincare routine, always end up sticking around.

Cup O' Coffee is the first Lush skincare product I've ever tried, as you could probably notice from my various DIYs, I usually prefer homemade scrubs, all the store bought ones I've tried seem to really irritate my skin, but Cup O' Coffee is the exception to that. Although it is a strong scrub with bigger grains it runs smoothly over my skin and leaves it feeling smooth and reinvigorated without any irritation and harshness I usually get from other scrubs. I also love the delicious coffee scent from it.  

Dark Angels is probably my favourite skincare product ever, I started using it around 6 months ago and the difference it made on my skin is incredible, I wish I had taken before and after pictures because it is such a visible improvement.
It is a super gentle cleanser that gently exfoliates the skin and seems to really absorb all the impurities, it also nourishes the skin with making it super soft and glowy. After I started using it the small spots and black heads that used to be my main skin problem have almost completely disappeared and I feel like since I started using this in the morning my skin never really gets oily throughout the day anymore.

In my skin care routine I rotate between this and the Dark Angels cleanser, while I do love Dark Angels more this is still incredible, it is also gentle on sensitive skin, exfoliates softly and is very nourishing and makes my skin feel very clean after using it, the only thing that makes me prefer Dark Angels is that I feel like it absorbs impurities and excess oil on my skin better, but otherwise Herbalism is equally great.

I've always had a hard time finding a good toner that really cleans my skin but doesn't leave it feeling stingy, red and even a bit dry afterwards, all the ones I tried always felt like they were  bit too harsh for me but Tea Tree Water is the opposite, it feel really refreshing and soothing on my skin, while still completely cleaning it, it is also great to remove any makeup leftovers that may still be there after I use my makeup remover.

Skin Shangri La Moisturizer

I love thicker, richer moisturisers and Skin Shangri La is definitely one of them, it has a buttery, velvety texture that really makes me feel like my skin is hydrated, soft and nourished hours after I've used it. I have combination skin and i feel like it does an incredible job in moisturising the dry parts of my face while keeping the oilier parts under control. I also hear it is amazing for people with eczema.

*Vegan product

Have you tried any of these products before? what's your favourite Lush skincare products?
Thanks for reading!

Friday, 24 March 2017

The Best Skincare Products For Sensitive Skin

I have always struggled with sensitive skin, there have been countless times when I'd buy a product only to throw it away after one or two uses because it would sting when I put it on or make my skin red and irritated afterwards. With time I learned which products were better and more gentle on my skin, usually products with more organic and natural ingredients work much better for me, which is why Lush is usually my go to for skincare. I also avoid products with alcohol in it as those seem to always leave my skin red after use.

So to help anyone else that might also struggle with sensitive skin I did a little compilation of my favourite products, with cleansers and toners that are gentle on  the skin and moisturisers, oils and masks that help soothing the skin when it feels a bit too sensitive and irritated , as usual everything is cruelty free.

sensitive skin skincare
Lush Herbalism Fresh Cleanser
SUNDAY RILEY Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil
The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask
PACIFICA Berry Matcha Recharge Face Lotion
AESOP Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream
Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water
Pixi by Petra Nourishing Cleansing Balm

Do you have any skincare recommendations?
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Trend watch: Gingham

I have to admit I've never been much of a gingham kinda girl, but as it has invaded magazines, fashion shows, blogs, Instagram and shop racks I have to admit it ha started to grow on me.


I actually started falling in love with Gingham when i saw it being combined with the asymmetric and deconstructed trends that are huge this season, and it just gave it such a cool and interesting look I couldn't help loving it.

Another thing I like about the gingham trend is how easy it is to incorporate into your wardrobe, I've seen it being worn in the loads of different styles and it looks beautiful in every single one of them, it really is the kind of versatile trend anyone can pull off and I love that.

What's your favourite trend this season?

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Friday, 17 March 2017

Etsy Wishlist

One of my New Year's Resolutions was to become a more ethical consumer, buy handmade products from small business more often, to help with that I've been turning to Etsy a lot lately. Not it is more ethical than buying from fast fashion but it is also great to find unique pieces that you'll very rarely spot someone else wearing.
Honestly I'm not a huge fan of the clothing there, but I absolutely love, love, love the accessories, bags and shoes.

So I wanted to share my favourite bits from there!

  1. Mirrored holographic vegan faux leather pony oxford shoes
  2. David Bowie Cat Enamel Pin
  3. Rose Brooch
  4. Pendulum Pendant
  5. Gold Mirror Transparent Box Clutch
  6. SIMPLY 12 /Minimalist clutch purse-vegan leather bag
  7. Raw Aquamarine Ring
  8. Pony Oxford Vegan Stars Leather Pointed Lace-up heels

Etsy is by far my favourite place to shop for jewellery, everything is super unique and beautiful.
I also love the shoes, mostly because it is so easy to find great vegan leather ones, like these gorgeous dreamy star print oxfords. I'm also really into pins and brooches right now, I think they make any basic jacket look 10 times cooler and Etsy is by far the best place to shop for those.

Do you like shopping from Etsy? If so share your favourite shops with me! 
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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Being the Blogger Who Hates Social Media

I love pretty much all aspects of blogging, I love writing, taking photos, planning posts, reading and answering comments, visiting the blogs of the people who leave links in the comments, working on edits and layouts, the one thing that feels like a chore though and I always have to force myself to resentfully do it is being active on social media, and active is quite an overstatement.

Most, if not all, blogging tips posts will emphasise on the importance of social media to grow your blog, it's the easiest way to get your content out there, and I can't lie, they are absolutely right, I didn't use social media to promote my blog posts until recently and when I started my vies more than triplicated, the growth was incredible and twitter is now basically by far my main source of traffic.
That has kind of forced me into accepting social media as part of my life, but as much as I appreciate what it does for my blog, I kind of hate it.

Maybe hate is a strong word, but my relationship with it is definitely a love-hate one.
I do enjoy scrolling through Instagram, I find it very inspiring to see so many beautiful photos and cool, creative outfits, wonderful places I'd love to visit and following upcoming artists and designers, I truly enjoy that, but I just can't bring myself to really use it to create content. I'd love to be the kind of person that registers little moments of their lives through pictures, but I never, ever remember to take the pictures and usually regret after I'm back home and realize the photo opportunities I missed. For some reason I also feel extremely self conscious of posting pics of myself and my outfits there, I don't really have a problem when posting it on the blog, but Instagram terrifies me, maybe is all the beautiful girls in incredible outfits and super cool locations that make me feel a bit (a lot) sub par, but I just can't bring myself to do it.

Twitter is something I've been trying getting into for the longest time, probably a couple years now, but I just can't seem to enjoy it at all, I do like it as a way to keep up with music releases by following a bunch of bands and musicians, and keeping up with new blog posts, but that aside Twitter just bores me to tears, maybe I just haven't found as many inspiring people there to follow like on Instagram, so aside from a few occasional funny tweets I just don't find it interesting at all.
I also don't enjoy posting there because, well, as you probably can tell I have a tendency to word vomit and the 140 characters thing just doesn't work for me at all, 90% of my tweets end up discarded after I run out of characters half way through.

Honestly that makes me feel a bit disconnected with the rest of the blogging community, that seem to truly love everything about social media, so I just really needed to vent about it a bit.

What's your relationship with social media as a blogger?
Thanks for reading!