28.7.22

Puff Sleeves & Lilac Bag

Puff Sleeves & Lilac Bag

Puff Sleeves & Lilac Bag

Puff Sleeves & Lilac Bag

Puff Sleeves & Lilac Bag

Puff Sleeves & Lilac Bag

Puff Sleeves & Lilac Bag

H&M Linen Top // Levis Jeans // Primark Bag // Next Shoes

This outfit is from our anniversary day last year. With a newfound fascination for puff sleeves, I got this linen blouse from the last H&M sale before it closed down in my town :'( The bag and shoes were a birthday gift and the necklace was an anniversary gift, all from Dot.

Today I (finally) watched The Virgin Suicides and became obsessed with the song Playground Love from the original motion picture score.

xo

26.7.22

Dear, Klairs All-day Airy Sunscreen

Dear, Klairs All-day Airy Sunscreen

Recently I was sent the Dear, Klairs All-day Airy Sunscreen to review.

This sunscreen has a rating of SPF50+ PA ++++ so it is extremely effective against UVA and UVB. 

It features a water based gel texture and it can be used on both face and body. It has no sticky residue or white cast as it is an organic (or chemical) sunscreen. 

Some notable ingredients in the Dear, Klairs All-day Airy Sunscreen include Glycerin, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Allantoin, Adenosine plus several soothing and brightening natural extracts of Portulaca Oleracea, Aloe Leaf, Dioscorea Japonica Root, Laminaria Japonica, Viola Mandshurica Flower, Ulmus Davidiana Root, Licorice, Lepidium Meyenii Root, Lycium Chinense Fruit, Strawberry, Berberis Vulgaris Root and Blackberry.

This formula is also free from essential oils so it will be suitable for sensitive skin.

Find the Dear, Klairs All-day Airy Sunscreen on YesStyle.

xo

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21.7.22

All Used Up #15

All Used Up #15

Welcome to a new instalment of the All Used Up series, where I share my final thoughts on finished products!

Today we have mostly skincare (as usual) and a couple of hair-related products:

Viviscal Hair Growth Programme*: I took part in a testing panel for the Viviscal supplements. They definitely helped reduce hair fall immensely, with the results lasting for up to a couple of weeks after I finished taking them. Would highly recommend if you suffer from hair loss. Full review here.

Hask Keratin Protein Leave-In Spray: a lightweight mist that softness hair without weighing it down so it is ideal for fine hair. Also provides heat protection but it's not great for detangling. Smells sweet and fruity, like strawberries. Would probably buy again. Full review here.

Me+ Hyaluronic Acid Cleanser: this CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser dupe is a very gentle, non foaming creamy cleanser with niacinamide and ceramides that is great for cold weather or drier skin types. I would probably repurchase. Full review here.

Olay Complete Sensitive Day Lotion: this lightweight, unscented lotion is moisturising and provides SPF 15 protection, so it is great for darker days or when staying indoors. Very affordable and usually on offer, it is a product I've repurchased many times and will buy again (after I use up a few of my other sunscreens!) Full review here.

Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel UV*: this Japanese sunscreen was kindly sent to me by YesStyle. I love the light gel texture and how it does not leave a white cast. It has a mattifying effect that lasts all day, which I like. Would have it again. View video review here and use code NAV2019 to get money off your next YesStyle order.

xo

14.7.22

Lush's New Self-Preserving Skincare Collection

Lush's New Self-Preserving Skincare Collection

Lush's New Self-Preserving Skincare Collection

Lush's New Self-Preserving Skincare Collection

Lush's New Self-Preserving Skincare Collection

Ten days ago I received some products kindly sent to me by Lush: a set of their new Self-Preserving Skincare Collection. 

Preoccupied about the bacterial microflora that inhabits and protects the skin, Helen Ambrosen, Lush Co-Founder and Product Inventor, has created self-preserving versions of best selling products in order to protect the skin microbiome after finding that products with high levels of synthetic ingredients in modern cosmetics may alter or reduce the skin microbiome diversity. (Be aware that this study was made for a particular brand).

The new Self-Preserving Skincare Collection is comprised of Cleansers, Face Masks, Scrubs, Moisturisers and more. The products I was gifted include:

Ultrabland Cleanser: this rich cleansing balm contains Almond Oil and Beeswax, plus Fresh Iris Extracted in Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Glycerine, to cleanse and nourish the skin, while Rose Water soothes. Ideal for colder weather or dry skin as it is very rich and slightly occlusive.

Mask of Magnaminty: this clay mask is infused with antibacterial Honey and hydrating Glycerin, plus oil-absorbing Kaolin and Talc. It also provides a light exfoliation thanks to Ground Organic Aduki Beans and Evening Primrose Seeds. It has a mattifying effect that will be appreciated by oily skin types.

Ocean Salt: a scrub that can be used on both face and body. It uses Hand Harvested Sea Salt to exfoliate, plus Organic Silken Tofu, Glycerine, Japan Wax, Mango Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and Avocado Butter to moisturise the skin. It has a fresh citrus scent which combines Grapefruit and Fresh Lime with a hint of alcohol due to the latter being extracted in vodka. The scrub dissolves as you massage it onto the skin and leaves it feeling soft and moisturised.

Vanishing Cream: this moisturiser nourishes the skin without feeling heavy or greasy and contains soothing Lavender Honey Water, plus Organic Cold Pressed Grapeseed Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Glycerine, Camellia Oil and Fair Trade Shea Butter. With Witch Hazel Extract and antibacterial Honey, this moisturiser lightly mattifies the complexion. Ideal for oily, combination and breakout prone skin. 

See the full range of Self-Preserving Skincare at Lush.

xo

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12.7.22

SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum

SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum

SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum

Last week I received the SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum that I was sent to try out and review. 

The Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum provides SPF 50+ and PA++++ UV protection and is made with pure Centella from Madagascar. It is designed to provide moisture as well as protect from UV rays.

Notable ingredients in the formula include Niacinamide, Glycerin, Centella Asiatica Extract, plus extracts of Betula Japonica Bark, Ginko Biloba Leaf, Green Tea, Wheat Sprout, Alfalfa, Broccoli Sprout and Rocket Leaf; as well as 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid at 10, 1 and 0.01 ppm.

The outer box packaging consists of a sleek tall cardboard box with a flocking/velvety texture and features a picture of ocean waves in the background which gives it a very elegant look and refreshing feeling. The bottle has a handy pump action to help control the amount of product dispensed and an oval cap that locks in easily to prevent spilling. The white tube also has a slim profile and velvety texture with a glossy panel on the centre including the product's most important details such as UV protection rating, weight and star ingredients. 

What I like about the Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum is that it has a lightweight consistency, similar to a lotion, that gently moisturises the skin and is quickly absorbed without leaving a sticky residue or greasy feeling. The product is easy to dispense and apply, and layers well with other products applied before or after this sunscreen. 

This Sun Serum is an organic (or chemical) sunscreen and thus leaves no white cast, making it ideal for all skin tones. It is also low in hyaluronic acid so it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight.

I would recommend the SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum if you are looking for a fragrance free, lightweight moisturising sunscreen that offers high protection and is easy to use.

Find the  SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum at YesStyle and StyleVana.

xo

Ps. Take a look at Fashion Pulses for women handbags

7.7.22

New In: June 2022

New In: June 2022

Lush Vinyl

Dr Pawpaw & Nails inc

Tarot decks

H&M Bralette, Primark Collar

Free samples Skinceuticals, Viktor & Rolf, Kiehls

Last month Dot got me a vintage Mappin & Webb lizard bag and I was kindly sent the new Lush Life's What You Make It vinyl. 

Also got the Dr Pawpaw Lip Balm in red, and the Nails Inc polish came for free with a magazine. From Primark I got an oversized collar and from H&M a cute bralette

My newest obsession is tarot and oracle cards so I got 3 new tarot decks from Aliexpress. My YesStyle order arrived, where I ordered some makeup for a change (then won a very similar item a couple of weeks afterwards!) and I placed another order containing a sunscreen. 

Some free samples I got last month include Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules (not pictured), Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream, Skinceuticals HA Intensifier, La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C 10 Serum and Viktor & Rolf Good Fortune EDP (review here).

Did you get anything nice last month?

xo

5.7.22

Viktor & Rolf Good Fortune Eau de Parfum

Viktor & Rolf Good Fortune Eau de Parfum

Just four days ago, on 1st July 2022, Viktor & Rolf launched their newest fragrance: Good Fortune, which is "designed like a magic potion". This new release is described as a captivating Eau de Parfum that allows you to create your own destiny. 

Featuring notes of velvety, solar jasmine flower infused in a rich vanilla bath, this fragrance is encased in a bottle shaped like a crystal ball with a stopper that resembles a faceted amethyst quartz. The violet hue is provided by the colour of the perfume inside the bottle.

Viktor & Rolf Good Fortune is a warm, long lasting fragrance that opens with Top notes of Fennel and Gentian Co-distillate, followed by a Heart of Jasmine Superinfusion, with a Base of Bourbon Vanilla Infusion.

The fragrance starts with a noticeably sweet note, which slowly turns into a warm floral and finishes with comforting, milky vanilla. I feel like it would make a great autumn/winter fragrance plus I love the playful bottle design and find it quite appealing as I have recently started reading Tarot and oracle cards.

Find Viktor & Rolf Good Fortune at Look Fantastic, EscentualThe Perfume Shop and John Lewis.

xo