There is nothing I love more than taking a night off to relax and pamper myself. It helps me clear my head and rejuvenate for the following week. I think I’ve mastered a little ritual that helps me get in that zone and I wanted to share with you my routine for relaxing and winding down.
If I can, I always like to start off with a relaxing bubble bath to destress my muscles and that also moisturises my skin. The one shown is Lush’s bath bomb in HoneyBee (£3.50) which is meant to soothe and cleanse the skin with ingredients like honey, aloe vera, rhassoul mud. Quick sidenote, is it just me who can’t stay in the bathtub too long because I start feeling dizzy after about 20 minutes?
The warm water from the bath will help open up my pores which then signals the perfect time for a face mask. I’ve been loving this affordable face mask from Soap & Glory called No Clogs Allowed (£11.50 but currently on sale at Boots for £7.67). It’s a self-heating deep pore cleansing mask which is perfect for clogged pores and let me tell you, this stuff is intense. You can definitely feel the heat when you apply it on your face and it has micro beads that break away when rubbed with water. The only downside is the removal process because this stuff sticks to hair on the side of your face and even eyebrows if you get it on there but otherwise I love it! My skin feels so smooth and soft after and it preps my skin for moisturiser.
When I was younger, I used to stick to the same skin-care routine as I was so scared to try something new and risk having a major breakout due to my sensitive skin. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really enjoyed trying out new serums, eye gels, toners and moisturisers and playing around to see what really works for my skin and what doesn’t. For the past few weeks I’ve been using the Origins Gin Zing Energy-boosting Moisturizer (£24)which has been absolutely incredible to my skin. It’s recommended for dry, oily and normal skin so it is definitely an all-around gentle and light-weight moisturiser. It makes your skin feel so radiant due to skin-booster ingredients like coffee bean and Panax Ginseng. I love applying this as a base before putting on my makeup.
I then like to finish off with Neal’s Yard Remedies White Tea Toning Eye Gel (£24) which I softly apply under and around my eyes. This eye gel is skin-changing and totally worth the price because a little goes a long way, you really only need one pump for both eyes. The gel soothes, softens and hydrates your eye area and is also vegan, cruelty-free and organic so an all around great product.
What does your routine for relaxing and winding down look like?
All brands tend to have hits and misses and fortunately enough I found 3 affordable products from Wet ‘n Wild you need to try and that your wallet will be grateful for. As much as I love treating myself to high-end makeup, there isn’t anything like finding a good drugstore product or an affordable brand that has amazing quality.
I think the Wet ‘n Wild Comfort Zone palette is a must-have product for absolutely everyone and their moms. You really can’t go wrong here. You get 8 pans of beautiful, creamy and pigmented eyeshadows that have it laid out perfectly for the most convenient application. The shades themselves are all shimmery and are meant to provide you with two effortless makeup looks, a neutral one on the left and a green one on the right. You can obviously play around with the colors and make as many looks as you can with it but it’s a good starting point for people who are just starting to play around with eyeshadow. I was so pleasantly surprised to see how long-wearing they were (with a base underneath) and with the heat in Abu Dhabi they survived without creasing or rubbing off.
These are the four left shades, paired together they give such a pretty everyday natural look. That peach gold is amazing for the lid and the bronze blended into the crease gives a soft brown smokey eye.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the last color on the right side of this palette (bottom swatch)? WHAT?! This duochrome beauty is absolutely stunning on the lids. I’ve applied this in the crease using the more natural colors on the left and it is an absolute favorite. (note: ignore the goosebumps, I was cold…)
It’s not easy to find an affordable highlight and contour palette that doesn’t look streaky, patchy and is easy to blend and I think I’ve found it. This Wet ‘n Wild Megaglo Contouring Palette in Dulce De Leche is a duo with a highlighting powder on the left and a contouring powder on the right. I’ve found that the bronzer is very buildable and blends beautifully on the face. It has a nice cool undertone to which is perfect for contouring. I’ve found the highlighting side to be great for setting my concealer and adding some brightness instead of using it as an actual highlighter on my cheekbones, brow bones etc. The only downside I can find with this palette is the large amount of fall out but personally, based on the price and the quality of the product I can overlook that.
Top swatch is the bronzer side and the left swatch is the highlighting (powder) side. Both are very pigmented and blend like a dream.
I’ve heard some great things about Wet ‘n Wild lipsticks and I thought it was only right to try one out. I picked up the Bare It All which I found to be the most perfect nude shade for my skin tone. It can be described as a brown-nude shade with a warm undertone. It has a semi-matte finish and it feels so lightweight and moisturizing on the lips. I’ve found that it lasts a while too if you’re not eating a massive cheeseburger.
Do you have any Wet ‘n Wild products that you recommend? I’d love to know.
It’s no secret that I love makeup. Some may even call it an addiction and I’m in no place to deny it so instead, I’m going to share 10 confessions of a makeup addict and embrace the fact that I’ve got a problem.
- Pink is not one color.Do you mean rose pink, nude pink, hot pink, coral pink, red-pink etc.? The list is endless and no rose pink is not the same as nude pink!
- I know all the employees at Sephora and I have occasionally received the “Oh you’re back…” and “You again?”. They’ve stopped asking me if I need help and just let me be.
- Sometimes I open my makeup drawers and I just stare at my products lovingly. I also tend to swatch all my lipsticks for fun and end up having pink, red and purple stains on my arms.
- When I’m applying my makeup, I describe what I’m doing as if I have an audience watching me and taking notes or a camera set up infront of me. “…then I’m going to take my trusty BeautyBlender and bounce that concealer in. Make sure to keep your sponges clean or else…Sarah are you paying attention?”
- When you’re talking to me, I’m guilty of imagining how a flicked eyeliner would look with your eye shape and how MAC’s Ruby Woo lipstick would look so good with the outfit you’re wearing. I’m sorry!
- When an eyeshadow smashes, a lipstick breaks or my cream highlighter has nail indents in it, then I reserve the right to be upset. You just don’t understand.
- I have run out of ideas on how to store my makeup. It started out with cute baskets, then drawers, then a desk and now there isn’t enough space!
- Makeup is sentimental. I keep almost everything as I can’t bear to throw it out. “This is the first MAC product I’ve ever purchased and this is the first red lipstick I’ve ever worn and omg this was a limited edition blush…”
- I sometimes lie about buying makeup. “Oh this Sephora bag? no no it’s empty I swear”, “No mom I didn’t go to Sephora again, this is the bag from yesterday”…woops (sorry mom).
- I judge a book by its cover. I’m not going to lie to you, if the makeup packaging looks good then I’m sold. Obviously the actual content counts but do you understand how pretty that’ll look on Instagram??
So there you have it, my secrets are all out in the open now. Don’t judge me! If you relate to any of these and if you’re also a self-professed makeup addict then please know that you’re not alone and we can get through this together.
I’ve recently visited a MAC store and picked up a few products that have quickly become part of my daily summer makeup routine. I thought I’d do a quick post to share the two products I’ve bought; Kinda Sexy lipstick and the Hush Cream Color Base to satisfy your makeup sweet tooth.
I tend to buy more MAC makeup when I’m in Abu Dhabi since their stores are much more accessible to me here than they are in London. I’ve been all about using natural colors and I’ve been gravitating to more blush, brown and terracotta tones and hues. The Mac Kinda Sexy matte lipstick and the Mac Cream Color Base in Hush seemed to be just that. They’ve fit perfectly in my day-to-day summer makeup routine and I’ve absolutely loved the natural look they give.
The Mac Kinda Sexy lipstick has a matte finish and is described to be a “neutral pinky-rose” which is a color I absolutely love. It’s the kind of color that doesn’t need a double thought and can be paired with pretty much everything. This is the kind of color that can be described as “your lips but better” with a slight hint of beige. The formula itself is smooth and doesn’t nudge or pull at your lips at all, making it easy to apply. Since it has a matte finish it is long-lasting which comes with the downside of it being slightly drying. You can tell in the picture below that it did cling on to dry patches on my lips but when I used a lipbalm before applying it, it applied much more smoothly and flawlessly.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@berry.lita), you would know how much I’ve been loving using the ever-so-famous Mac Cream Color Base in Hush. This color is described as a “Soft peach with icy shimmer” which is pretty much a spot-on description. This is basically a long-lasting creamy highlighter that can be used on the eyes, face and body. The formula is creamy with a very sheer and dewy finish, which is what I was looking for. I’m all about the BAM highlighters I wanted something more sheer for everyday. I love the fact that it’s a great highlighter base and I find that using it under powder highlighters gives my cheeks extra longevity and pigmentation. It’s very blendable and easy to work with and can be worn on its own (for a natural look) or as a highlighter base.
Sorry about this swatch, Hush wasn’t showing up well in photos.
Wearing Mac Kinda Sexy Lipstick on my lips and Mac Cream Color Base in Hush on my cheekbones, nose, brow bone and cupids bow. As you can see, it gives a beautiful sheer glow to the skin which looks very natural for summer.
What have you recently picked up in MAC?
My very first time trying the Ogx Renewing Oil of Morocco Oil and Treatment and having not heard any reviews prior to purchasing them, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed. I picked up the Ogx “Renewing Argan Oil of morocco Penetrating Oil” and the “Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Intense Moisturizing Treatment”. Ogx has many different lines and the “Argan Oil of Morrocco” line is infused with argan oil and is rich with natural vitamin E and antioxidants which in turn helps renew hair, leaving it soft and shiny. From the website itself, ” A unique precious blend of argan oil of Morocco which instantly penetrates the hair shaft restoring shine and softness while strengthening and creating soft, seductive, silky perfection”.
I haven’t always had the best luck with hair treatments since most of them seem to make your hair soft for a few hours and that’s about it. First of all, this smells incredible and it’s not overpowering and doesn’t linger on your hair, which I’m sure a lot of people would appreciate. I definitely saw a difference with my hair and not just for a couple of hours. My hair felt smoother after a few uses and the ends of my hair felt more moisturized. It also added a slight shine without making my hair look oily which tends to happen to me more often than not.
If you’re looking for a nice, quick hair treatment then try the OGX renewing argan oil of morocco line out. I’ve been using this treatment up to three times a week as either my conditioner or right after I condition my hair, depending on how well my hair has been behaving.
I like to apply the penetrating oil on the ends of my hair after towel drying or after my hair has completely dried to add some shine. I felt like my hair looked shinier and felt a lot healthier without weighing it down or leaving it feeling oily and greasy. My ends have always been a problem for me as they are always so dry but applying this oil on my ends helped me tame the flyaways and keep my split ends down. It has a slightly thick consistency which tends to be the case with hair oils, however, a small amount goes a long way with this oil so use it sparingly.
The nice thing about OGX is that it’s affordable and easily-accessible. I’ve heard great things about their coconut line as well. Have any of you tried it?