July/August Favourites

It’s September so I think we can all agree that summer is officially over. I love summer but I must admit that I’m excited for autumn as it’s my favourite season. Chilly nights, leaves changing colours, long walks in a forest, pumpkins, apples, chunky jumpers and scarves — I just love it all. But since I know many people still want to stay in the summer vibe, I prepared a little list of what I fell in love with this summer and used pretty much non-stop.

First up, Nubian Heritage Raw Shea Butter Body Lotion (£5.50). I got it back in the States at Whole Foods Market and it quickly became my all-time favourite body lotion. If you haven’t heard about Nubian Heritage before, it’s a brand created by Rich and Nyema, partners and street vendors in New York. In 1992 after college graduation they decided to produce luxurious natural products from traditional African recipes with organic and fair trade ingredients. When it comes to lotion itself, what I probably mostly love about it is its scent. It’s the most beautiful scent out there. I’m pretty bad with describing scents, but it’s a very pleasant and quite strong, warm musky aroma. The smell stays with you for hours and sinks into your clothes so other perfume is basically unnecessary. This body lotion contains raw Shea Butter as its main ingredient, so it’s really moisturising and leaves my skin really soft. The rest of ingredients include Mango and Cocoa Seed Butter, Jojoba Oil, and Soy Milk. At the same time this lotion is non-greasy and fast-absorbing. 
No matter what season it is, I never leave the house without applying SPF on my face and while I was in America I finally purchased Suntegrity Face Sunscreen & Primer SPF 30 (£27). I’d already tried it last year, but this time I finally took the plunge and bought the full size of it. It’s created by Tricia Trimble who, after losing her mother to skin cancer, became a strong advocate for wearing sunscreen. However, concerned with the chemical UV blockers and other unsafe ingredients, she created her own mineral-based sunscreen line in memory of her mother. Just as the name suggests it’s a moisturiser and primer in one so it’s perfect for use under make-up. It’s one of the highest rated sunscreens on EWG website (as of 2013). It glides on the skin beautifully and absorbs fast while not leaving the dreaded white cast. Definitely my favourite sunscreen so far. 
For some odd reason this year during the summer my skin was looking far from OK. I don’t know whether it was due to heat waves or medicine I had to take for my food poisoning I had in July, but my skin was grainy and covered in spots. This is when I decided to try out GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD Mask (£45). Founded in 2010 exclusively for behind-the-scenes in the Hollywood Entertainment, Music, Fashion & Award Industries it was made available for retail in 2011. It is a winner of many awards. It’s a clay-based mask with 6-Acid AHA & BHA blend to combat blemishes and blackheads. You leave it on for 5-20 minutes, rinse it off and are left with noticeably smoother and brighter complexion. After few uses I could definitely see improvement with my pores being smaller and my blemishes almost all gone. It’s pretty pricey but a little goes a long way so I know this small jar will last me a very long time. 
Lastly, this summer I decided to experiment a bit in the nail polish department and instead of my usual summer pinks and reds, I reached for blue – Kure Bazaar in Frenchie (£14.95) and pastely tangerine – Kure Bazaar in Bikini & Co (£14.95). I would have never thought that I could be obsessed with blue nail polish like I am with Frenchie (love the name too!). It’s a pale, gorgeous blue that reminds me of blue summer sky and looks equally good with and without tan. Bikini & Co is another colour I was enamoured with this summer. It’s like tangerine/peach with cream and a hint of coral. Absolutely stunning. When it comes to formula (4-free, 85% natural origin) and colour selection, Kure Bazaar just never disappoints. 
Have you tried any of these products?

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