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Empties Part 1- Cleansers

Hello friends. If you wish to know what products I use in my daily routine that gives me near perfect skin, then my next few posts are a must read😊. 

I have loads of products I have used up and I have decided to divide them into categories and will be showing you my empties in parts. 

The first part contains all my cleansers that I have used up, be it morning cleansers, night cleansers / balms, makeup removers, etc. 

The Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm and the Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm are both essentially the same and I love both. Pixi is way cheaper of course so if you are on a budget, then this is definitely close to the amazingness that is Emma Hardie. (Ready my review here pixi nourishing cleansing balm review) They are used at night as a second cleanse and I wipe off with a face towel. Both can be found online at www.cultbeauty.co.uk

The MV Organics Gentle Face Cleanser is my first MV Organics product. I decided to try this brand because my sister raves about it. I used this cleanser in the morning and it is so gentle and does not dry the skin. 

I have reviewed the Vichy Purete Thermale before (Vichy Purete Thermale Review)  and it’s my favorite eye make-up remover and already almost finished with my second bottle. 

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel and the Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser are both amazing morning cleansers. Out of the 2 however, I would pick Oskia as my personal preference is a gel cleanser. Both have been repurchased several times. Both can be found on www.cultbeauty.co.uk.  

And last but not least, I have lost count of how many bottles of the Body Shop Chamomile Oil cleanser I have used and will continue using. I use it to remove my makeup every single night as a first cleanse. 

Read about my holy grail cleansers which I blogged about before on empties-my-holy-grail-cleansers

Stay tuned for more Empties post and please comment if you want me to post about anything in particular or any skincare review. 

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Best hair mask for highly processed hair 

Hello my dear friends!  I am trying to do more blog posts now,  as I have so much to share with you all. It just gets a bit challenging sometimes juggling a full-time job along with looking after a toddler and a baby (and a husband) 😁. 

Anyhow, as much as skincare, I love trying out hair products and using products that maintain my thick and long wavy hair. On a whim, I once bought the Davines nounou hair mask. I was really attracted to the fuss-free plastic packaging (although it doesn’t travel well as it reached me with the side broken). It is described as “a nourishing, repairing mask for highly processed or brittle hair”. 

I usually buy a shampoo, conditioner and hair mask from the same brand, but since I had enough shampoos and conditioners to last me a while, I thought I should just buy the hair mask. Davines is described as a brand that uses only natural ingredients. My hair is generally in a good condition as I rarely use any heat or styling tools. I always air dry it. Lately however, I felt my hair requires a little more TLC as I get my roots colored once every month and occasionally get all my hair colored. Whenever my hair feels meh, I apply this mask after shampooing and leave it on for about 5 to 7 min (that is all the free time I can manage before one of the kids start noticing that I’m gone). This mask immediately transforms my hair into smooth, soft, easy to handle luscious locks. The Davines nounou mask smells amazing and my hair feels so much healthier and shinier. 

I definitely recommend it for those with chemically treated,  dry or damaged hair and it would be best to leave it on for at least 15 min. 

I ordered mine from Cult Beauty and it costs £18.50 for 250ml of product. Do any of you use Davines products? What are your favorite hair masks? 

Retinol- the magic ingredient for perfect skin

Hi everybody! All those who personally  know me or have been following me in social media know how skincare obsessed I am. I have always kept myself updated on latest skincare brands and through trial and error have worked out what works best on me. 

For about a year now, I have started incorporating retinol into my skincare routine (all thanks to Caroline Hirons). Once we cross the age of 30, we need to take extra care of our skin and retinol is the answer. For those who are not sure about what is retinol and what it’s benefits are- Retinol,  or Vitamin A is an anti oxidant and the answer to fighting wrinkles and it’s also anti-aging therefore,  it is best for mature skin and in my opinion, not really necessary for people in their 20s. Retinol can also shrink pore size caused by clogging or sun damage (not genetic ones). It does not have to be used every single day. Every alternate day is sufficient but it has to be follow by spf the following morning (and every morning of course). 

My first foray into the usage of retinol is with Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. I use it after every 2 nights, right after double cleansing my skin. This oil is fabulous. I have been using it for about a year now,  straight after I stopped breastfeeding my child (avoid using any retinol products while pregnant or breastfeeding). My skin has never looked better. It has become virtually poreless with no pigmentation and looks so even-toned. My skin (especially the morning after application) looks so plump and radiant.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil costs a bomb (£85 for 30ml of product)  and can be purchased from Space NK or Cult Beauty websites. It lasts extremely long though,  and is worth every penny for the benefits it gives. Another costlier alternative is the Zelens Vitamin A treatment drops which costs a whopping £115 for 30ml of product. 

Disclaimer: This review is entirely based on my experience with Sunday Riley Luna. Please do sufficient research at your end before using any retinol based product especially if your skin is not accustomed to such products. 

Review- Zelens Youth Glow Foundation

Lately,  I have been obsessed with Zelens skincare and I am trying to get my hands on everything they have to offer.
The brand also recently launched it’s own makeup line and what really caught my eye is the Youth Glow Foundation mainly because of it’s skincare properties.  I am definitely not a foundation user (I just own one foundation used only for parties / weddings) and rely on my tinted moisturisers,  BB and CC creams for daily use.

I usually hate the heavy congested feeling that foundations make my skin feel but this one is a totally different ball game.  I decided the best test would be to wear it to work and see how my skin feels after about 9-10 hours of wear.

Firstly,  the foundation is quite light and ‘liquidy’ in consistency. I apply it either with my fingers or my Wayne Goss stipling brush and both ways work very well. It has got light coverage,  gives the skin a light natural glow and doesn’t require any powder on top.  It looks very natural yet gives the skin life.

Wearing foundation for long hours almost always breaks me out but this foundation totally didn’t. This also looked surprisingly fresh on my skin throughout my work day and with no oiliness on my t-zone which is a huge surprise.
Best part of it all is I know that while the foundation is on my skin,  it is also simultaneously giving me skincare and anti ageing benefits. What more can a girl ask for?

I order Zelens either on Space NK or Cultbeauty. The Youth Glow Foundation costs £60.
Anyone tried this or the Age Control Foundation? Would love to know your views.

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