Thursday, 26 February 2015
Let's be honest: it doesn't sound too appealing when you read about exfoliating your scalp. For some reason we're completely fine with using different kinds of scrubs on our feet, legs, body and face - but we often forget about the scalp. Not only does it feel relaxing (this is the best excuse for a good scalp massage), it also has a lot of benefits for your hair! Kérastase is adding three new products to their Chronologiste line, including the Revitalizing Exfoliating Care for Scalp & Hair.
Friday, 20 February 2015
I've been trialling a couple of new eye products in the past half year and now I think I'm finally ready to have an opinion about eye care. I never really "did" eye cream until about a year or two ago. Now I'm even one step further: I'm all about eye masks, eye serums and eye creams. I know some specialists say eye products are just a marketing thing, but I notice a difference. I have a terribly fussy eye area (the darkest under eye circles, fine lines that won't give up and the odd dry patch once in a while), so I know all about trying to find a way to cope. Sometimes you feel like you just need some time in a bottle. Insert Philosophy's Time In A Bottle For Eyes - a new version of their famous and celebrated facial serum, formulated especially for the delicate eye area. Let's turn back time, or at least try and make it run a little slower..
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
My cleansing routine is pretty elaborate: I take off the first layer of make-up with micellar water, use a waterproof makeup remover when needed on my eyes, then do a first cleanse with an oil or balm, do a second cleanse with a cream or gel cleanser and then continue with one or often two toners. It's a whole lot - and it can be a little expensive. I like to invest in the two cleansers and two toners, but for micellar water and make-up remover I mostly just want something that won't irritate my skin and will do the job effectively for the best price possible. I have been trying different products and have now finally ended up with a favourite duo: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water and Garnier Express 2in1 Eye Make-up Remover.
Sunday, 15 February 2015
What better way to start a sunny & bright Sunday in February than with the promise of a warm beach walk in Summer, all wrapped into a beautiful perfume bottle? I'm so done with the cold, so it's great to look out to the better days ahead. I've always been quite patient with Winter, but this year I can't seem to find a way around my excitement for the sun, long days with friends and adventures that are still to be planned. Just like I've been listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers cd that I associate with a road trip to the South of France (with Road Trippin' as the ultimate song), I've been gladly using fragrance to teleport myself to fields of beautiful fresh flowers and - let's be honest - cocktails with friends in the evening sun! The in Belgium newly launched brand Aerin (granddaughter of Estée Lauder) offers fragrances that do just that: they capture a mood and bathe you in it. I got Gardenia Rattan to get introduced to the brand, and the little note that came with it was spot on: it promised Summer in a bottle - and that's what I got. It's amazingly wonderful.
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Confession: I'm not a big fan of very musky scents to wear as a perfume. But when it comes to using them in the bath or as a scrub and body lotion.. YAS! I am completely hooked. The Body Shop Smoky Poppy is exactly that. It's smoky. It's musky. It's powerful. Some say it opens like YSL's Opium, others say it resembles it but is much lighter and more powdery. While I was intrigued by the mystery of YSL Opium and loved the scent as a classic and iconic fragrance, I found it too overwhelming to wear. It's more or less the same story for this one - it's a spicy, warm floral scent that fills up the room. I know some women that wear these types of scents perfectly, so it's all a matter of personal preferences. As a comparison: if there were to be a Summer edition of Smoky Poppy, I would probably wear it. If that makes any sense. How strange is it through that I am absolutely hooked on the bath bombs and poppy seed scrub? These aren't as overwhelming and make for the perfect relaxed atmosphere when I am taking a bath. Smoky fragrance & bath lovers unite: this is a release you won't want to miss!