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PureChimp Super Cleanser.

When it comes to buying new products recently, I have to admit that I’ve been really frugal. I just decided that I need to use up most of the things that I already had instead of constantly purchasing new products. I was also alarmed, when my basket with products I use on a regular basis started to look very cramped.
My basket is currently looking pretty good, unlike my bathroom cabinet. I have way too many facial cleansers and yet I still couldn’t resist buying another one. I think I might have a problem.

While browsing Love Lula website recently I stumbled across PureChimp brand in their Boutique section and although this brand caught my eye a while ago already, I’ve never had a chance to actually look into their products. 
PureChimp is a British brand created in 2013 and based in Cambridgeshire which most popular product seems to be their Matcha Green Tea, however they also have a small selection of natural skincare products. All of their products are vegan and handmade, and all of them contain banana extract which makes them smell like bananas. Yum!
Even though I wanted to basically try all of their products at once when I heard about them smelling like bananas, I went for their Super Cleanser which is like nothing I’ve tried before. Its ingredients’ list is quite short but with some really great stuff, like Almonds, Olive Oil, Clay, Marigold Petals, and Sea Buckthorn Oil. Also, it smells like banana bread. I mean, what’s not to love about it. I want to eat it every time I open the jar. When it comes to its consistency and texture it’s sort of like a balm cleanser but with little grains in it. You basically break a little piece of it, put it on your hand, add few drops of water (not to much), and mix it until it becomes a very thick milk/cream, then massage into skin and rinse with cold or lukewarm water. You end with a very soft and radiant skin. It’s brilliant because it doesn’t dry my skin out and also doesn’t leave any greasy residue. I find that with makeup I do need to use another cleanser afterwards to really get rid of all the foundation on my face. But overall I absolutely love it!
Also, as a side note, Almond Flour works like a natural and gentle exfoliator and in combination with other ingredients, you get a very gentle exfoliating and moisturising cleanser suitable for all skin types, including sensitive one.

I guess my other cleansers will have to wait until I finish this one as I really can’t imagine using any other cleanser right now.

Have you tried anything from PureChimp?

                 Some of these products may have been sent to me for a review. See disclaimer.

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Organic Beauty on a Budget #2

So it’s January. My least favourite month of the year. All I want to do is cocoon myself in a duvet and come out in March. There is just nothing to look forward to, the weather is dreary, and everyone is broke after all the Christmas shopping last month (I know I am).
The last thing you want to do is spend money on cosmetics (tempting, I know). This month I’m embracing budget buys. They won’t break the bank and will perform as great as their more expensive counterparts, or maybe even better than them.

First up, REN Clarimatte Toner (£12). This is my second bottle and I believe it’s the only toner that lasts me a long time (around 2-3 months), others tend to last a month. I think it’s due to the fact that it’s not a spray bottle so you really don’t waste any product. Onto the product itself, though. It’s acid toner, which contains Salicylic Acid (BHA), Glycolic Acid (AHA), Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, and Tartaric Acid. Even when you don’t use it every single day, it makes a huge difference especially for oily/combination skin that is prone to blemishes. I find that it’s really gentle on my slightly sensitive skin and it really helps drying out spots and those really annoying cysts that are just there, creeping under the surface. I tend to use it at night only but when I’m having a lot of blemishes, then I use it in the morning as well. 
Another budget product that I’m currently loving is Aubrey Green Tea Shampoo (£8.92). If you suffer from crazy oily hair like I do, you’re going to love this one. It clears my hair like nothing else and I usually use it as my first wash and then after that I apply my beloved Body Deli Shampoo (too expensive to use twice during once wash). At the same time it doesn’t make my hair or scalp feels dry since it doesn’t contain any nasties like SLS. It’s quite runny but it lathers well so it’s not an issue for me really. People with normal/dry hair should only use it when needed (once a week), not on a regular basis. I adore everything about it, including its price. 
No matter what season it is, I just can’t go without a body cream/lotion/butter. Otherwise my skin gets itchy and dry (even though I do drink enough water). As much as I love the Body Deli body butters they are so expensive that I use them only when my skin needs some extra TLC. On a daily basis I like to use something more affordable like Weleda Baby Lotion or my more recent find (currently almost empty) Deep Steep Brown Sugar Body Butter (£8.75). Apart from smelling absolutely divine, like a mix of brown sugar and vanilla, it’s a really nourishing and fast-absorbing body butter which leaves my skin soft and smelling gorgeous for hours. I also have shower gel from Brown Sugar range which is also brilliant. This body butter and shower gel are everything I need on cold January nights. 
I find that the most used product at my house has to be hand soap (due to all the cooking I do, I guess). For that reason alone I wouldn’t want to use any commercial soap with SLS, artificial fragrance and whole host of other toxic ingredients. At the same time it’s hard to find natural hand soap that is not too expensive and doesn’t leave my hands feel like pumice. Before Christmas I stumbled upon Bentley Organic Hand Soap (£4.50) and when I saw it’s budget friendly and has some nice ingredients I bought two: Cinnamon, Sweet Orange & Clove scent and Lavender scent. I really like both but I must say that I’m more fond of the Lavender one. Probably because I love anything with Lavender just like anything with coconut. What I like most about it though, is how nice it makes my hands feel. No matter how many times I wash my hands, they stay soft even when I forget to put gloves on when going outside. I tried a lot of natural and organic hand soaps and this is my favourite one. I will be definitely stocking up on it. 
Have you tried any of these?
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November Wishlist

I feel like this post should be called ‘Christmas Wishlist’ as it consists of all things I just dream to have and since they are not the cheapest products out there it would be great to get them as a Christmas gift (hint, hint).

1. Gressa Lip Boost in Aux Rouge (£16) – I’ve always been the one who stayed away from bright lips (I think it’s the fact that I just wasn’t born with a full, sexy pout), however recently I’ve been liking to just dot some colour on my lips with my finger to create a subtle stain that is just perfect and definitely not overwhelming. Ever since I saw this beauty online I knew this would be perfect for that ‘dot-on-the-lips-and-go’ look. With amazing ingredients and shade it’s the best pick for autumn/winter season.
2. Nailberry in Number 69 (£13.50) – like I mentioned in my previous post, in the autumn/winter time  I do like a good mani and as days get shorter I tend to go for darker nail polish shades. I think they look incredible against all skin tones and particularly against pale skin as they provide this lovely contrast. This creamy dark blue goes well with everything and since I don’t own any dark blue like that it would be an excellent addition to my nail polish collection. 
3. Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation (£30) – this one has been raved about for a while now and I have a weak spot for a good base so I will be most likely putting it on my Christmas wish list. Since it’s a serum it apparently also cares for your skin while providing good coverage. It says it’s a serum to powder foundation which is right up my alley with my combination skin. Also, look at all the rave reviews on their website!
4. Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin D Moisture Mist (£25) – I’ve been meaning to try products from this line ever since it launched last year. The line is a result of One Love Organics collaboration with beautiful and lovely beauty blogger Elizabeth Dehn of Beauty Bets. This mist contains a host of high quality ingredients, like Vitamin D, Shiitake mushroom, and Alpine Rose extract and doesn’t contain alcohol so it seems to be the ideal choice for cold, wintery days. Definitely something I would like to try!
5. Laurel Facial Mask: Honey Berry Enzyme (£44) – I’m all for a good face mask and I love exfoliating masks but some can be too harsh in the winter. However, this one seems to tick all the boxes for me. It contains enzymes so no need for manual exfoliation and royal jelly and honey for skin nourishment and to help banish breakouts. Yes, please!

What’s on your wishlist?

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The Perfect Autumn Nail Polish

When it comes to nail polishes I don’t really wear them that often. Apart from summer when I can’t imagine going bare on my toes (yikes!). However, I do like a nice, classic mani every now and then. I find that autumn and winter is when I have my nails painted quite often.

For me painted nails look really sophisticated in the autumn/winter time. I basically use only probably two shades — neutrals and reds. They make me feel so feminine. I just love classic manis, no crazy nail art for me.

This time I reached for a very, very deep, almost black-looking, burgundy shade from the one and only Kure Bazaar in shade Scandal (£14.95). It’s one of those shades that looks like a deep red wine with one coat, but with two coats turns almost black, especially in dim light. Nevertheless, it’s such a great, chic colour, perfect for this time of year and goes well with virtually any outfit and make-up.
Also, I find that when it comes to this particular shade, two coats are sufficient, as opposed to some other Kure Bazaar nail polishes where you need more than two layers to get the desired effect.

Also, I reckon this shade will look great with accent colour on the ring finger. I’m thinking this number from Zoya that I own will look magical paired with Kure Bazaar’s Scandal colour. I will be definitely sporting this combo this Christmas. Gold glitter on ring finger — that’s how far I can go in the nail art department. I’m so adventurous.

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October Favourites

I can’t believe that it’s the end of October! Christmas is just around the corner (can’t say that I’m not excited), but time seems to be really flying by way too fast.
October is my favourite month (along with December actually). Leaves having all the lovely colours, crisp mornings, pumpkin soup, apple cider and reading a book under a blanket with your favourite tea.

This month’s faves seem to be centered around products helping my skin stay nourished and soft in this colder season. In the autumn and winter I basically only reach for heavier, more concentrated products.

As much as I love my trusted Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap, in October I felt tempted to try something slightly more creamy and I went for The Body Deli Coconut Creme Wash (£16). The Body Deli did it again with all the amazing ingredients like coconut water as a base, African Shea Butter,  Virgin Coconut Oil, Maca, Spirulina,  and the most amazing coconut scent (I mentioned so many times how obsessed I am with anything coconut) it is the perfect shower gel/creme for the autumn/winter season. It makes my skin so soft that I could even skip the use of body lotion. I admit, the bottle isn’t huge, especially for this price but I know that just like with anything of high quality, a little really goes a long way. I use it with exfoliating gloves which helps me to use it even more sparingly.

At the beginning of September I ran out of all my facial cleansers (very surprising) and instead of buying one of my usual favourites, I decided to purchase something everyone has been raving about for quite a while now, which was Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (£28). With Vitaminc A, C & E, Omega 6, and Pumpkin Enzymes, it promises fresh and glowing skin. After trying it for a while I now know what the fuss is all about. Let me tell you first about its incredibly unique consistency, though. It looks like a gel but it’s more of a balm cleanser that turns into oil once applied on the face. When you add water to it, it becomes a sort of milk. It reminds me a lot of Nude Cleansing Oil, which I really like as well. After the removal with muslin cloth you get ultra soft and radiant skin. Basically just what it says on the tin. It removes all the make-up and impurities without the need of double cleansing. Even though I have a combination skin this cleanser is just perfect for me, especially in the autumn and winter, as it doesn’t dry my skin in the slightest. Quite the opposite actually, it makes my skin nourished and smooth. The price tag on this one is really high but after 2 months of using it twice a day I’m sure I still have some left (wish the bottle was a little different as you can’t really tell how much of a product you’re left with), so I think it’s not that bad and it’s a money very well spent.

Back in June while being in the States I ran out of my beloved Antipodes Avocado Pear Night Cream and since I couldn’t really find it there anywhere (apart from online stores), I bought Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream (£28.50) at Whole Foods. It’s a really rich cream with Rosehip oil, Goji Berry, and Manuka honey just like the Antipodes Avocado Pear cream. At first I was quite skeptical as nothing has ever come close to the Antipodes Night Cream. However, after using it for a few weeks I started noticing a difference in how my skin felt and looked. I believe it’s mostly thanks to Rosehip oil in it and combination of all the other amazing ingredients. It has the same size as the Antipodes cream and I still have about half of it left and I’ve been using it for almost 5 months now. Is it better than the Antipodes cream? I would say they are both equally amazing and I will have a hard time choosing which one to repurchase after running out of the Trilogy one.

Have you tried any of these products?