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DIY Body Butter For Silky Smooth Summer Skin.

Body ButterWe are half way through the summer, which does make me a bit sad as this year somehow I am really not looking forward to usually one of my favourite seasons – autumn. When you think about body butter, you immediately associate it with colder seasons, mostly because of its heavier texture. But I find that a little bit of body butter can be a life saviour during summer days. It’s especially useful after summer holidays when your tanned, dried out skin is longing for not only hydration, but also some oil to prevent any more of the moisture loss. Continue Reading

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That One Natural Deodorant Duo That Actually Works.

natural deodorantI guess we can officially say that it’s summer. Long, warm days is something I really love and enjoy. But give me anything above 25 degrees and I begin to melt like an ice lolly. My extremely pale body really can’t handle hot weather. What’s even worse is that I turn into a complete Sweaty Betty and it’s not pretty. We are talking sweat appearing on every inch of my body. I will spare you the details. Continue Reading

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Organic Beauty On a Budget #3.

I haven’t written about affordable organic beauty products in a while and I feel it’s high time for another installment of this series today because who doesn’t love nice, organic, natural products that don’t cost an arm and a leg. Plus, I feel that when you choose to go green, you should also try to buy less things, or at least spend less on cosmetics and more on organic food, for instance.  Continue Reading

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Winter Skin, Hair & Body Care Essentials.

In the wintertime I always find myself having a particularly dry skin. Heating and cold air are definitely my skin’s enemies. I cannot go a day without slathering on a rather huge amounts of body lotions, oils, lip balms, hand creams, etc. Without them after a day of being outside (especially without gloves) my hands alone become red, itchy, and dry.
My whole body just seems to be affected by the cold winter air, however, I found some great products that definitely help with this seemingly never-ending fight for bashing dry skin.

Many of you probably already know how much I love anything The Body Deli makes and their Ultra Rich Hand & Body Creams have been my favourite for quite a while now. They are very rich and moisturising making them a perfect choice for dry winter months. Shea butter, Cocoa Butter, Jojoba and Avocado Oils, all make your skin feel supple and protect it from drying out throughout the day. My favourite scent for winter months has to be the Amber Vanilla one (I wish A Beautiful World would stock it though *hint hint*). It’s sweet and warm at the same time. The Vanilla gives it the sweet note, but even those who aren’t fans of sweet scents would love it. The Amber here is very subtle, offering an earthy note to it. A very distinct and unique scent that will warm you up even on the coldest days.

Apart from rich body creams, in the winter time you also need good facial moisturisers, and depending on the weather and your skin type, you can either choose a light or rich facial cream. This winter I have two new options that I love to use on a regular basis.
First one, is a light moisturiser by Saison Beauty, appropriately called Winter. It’s a very lightweight moisturiser, but nevertheless it protects the skin from the cold. With its variety of amazing ingredients, including Organic Rosehip, Organic Pumpkin, and Organic Rice Bran, it is a great option for all skin types, especially oily and combination ones. I find that for an extremely cold weather or dry skin it can be not enough, at least for my skin type. So, this is where my other option comes in and it’s the Just Pure Honey Neroli Rich Face Cream, which is just perfect for ultra dry skin or on a very VERY cold, frosty day. As it just recently got colder (where did the winter go this past December?), I’ve been reaching for this one on a daily basis, especially in the morning right before walking my dog. It’s very thick, but still easily absorbed and forms a protective layer on my skin helping it to stay hydrated. When it’s really cold or if I feel like my skin needs it, I would re-apply it few more times. Next time I will definitely be getting a bigger jar of it.
Their other fantastic cream for very dry skin is the Calendula Royal Jelly one.

The last winter essential would be a good, non-drying, gentle shampoo and this winter’s favourite one has been the Maple Holistics Argan Oil Shampoo. With mild surfactants, Argan Oil, and Avocado Oil, it leaves my hair clean, but at the same time silky smooth even before applying conditioner. It’s also gentle on my scalp which tends to get really itchy even when using some natural shampoos. I absolutely love its scent, which is a very subtle vanilla smell. Besides, for its price, you just really can’t go wrong. In the past I also tried their Sage Shampoo to soothe my dandruff, and it was amazing as well. Definitely helped with my itchy, flaky scalp. Great small company to keep an eye on, in my opinion.

Have you tried any of these? What are your winter essentials?

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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?