My Summer 2016 Must-Haves

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As the summer (or rather the absence of summer we’ve been having this year) is coming to an end (crying face), I’ve decided to summarise a couple of all-round beauty bits that were accompanying me on a daily basis throughout the season of sunflowers and music festivals, sea breeze and Aperol spritzes…

A good ole’ dry shampoo is a must in summer. No matter how sweaty the summer is. Since 2009, I’ve been pretty loyal to the affordable, yet amazingly efficient Batiste. I adore the brand for the limited editions and various scents they come up with from time to time. In my opinion, the Floral Essences with colourful packaging is a quintessence of summer. I used it on my “third-day-hair”, as well as on freshly washed locks for extra volume and texture. Cannot go wrong with this one!

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It is no secret that I don’t like to fuss when it comes to hair. My favourite summer hairstyle is messy beachy waves. Having naturally wavy hair, I only need a couple of spritzes of salt spray after the wash to create the every day nonchalante hair look. This summer I’ve got to try the TRESemmé Perfectly (UN)Done Sea Salt Spray that I picked up in the US last year. The name says it all – messy “bed hair” is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I feel that it’s what suits me the most.

If you are a fan of Bronze Goddess scents from Estee Lauder, or Beach fragrance from Bobby Brown, you could definitely appreciate the more affordable version of the most summery scent ever: coconuts, sand and light florals. Monoi from Yves Rocher has been my “go to” scent for a couple of summers already. Lower percentage of alcohol in this Hydrating spray turns it into a perfect companion for those days when your favourite longer-wearing perfumes make you feel dizzy. What’s more – apply it directly onto your skin, and you’ll get an extra portion of moisture alongside the heavenly scent.

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My least used product this summer was my last summer’s favourite. Fruity Sorbet from The Body Shop (in the most summery of ’em all Satsuma scent) is incredibly refreshing for those hot and humid days when you don’t want to fuss with a moisturiser. Keeping the product in a fridge definitely serves for the best result – I adore the feeling of cooling juicy sorbet on my skin just after the cold shower. This year, however, due to the limited amount of sunny hot days in my part of the world, this guy spent most of its summer in the fridge.

When  it comes to make up, I go with the summer flow: the last thing I want is the struggle of the melting full-make up face. Hence, BB or CC creams are my every day companions. This summer, I’ve discovered the Aquasource CC Gel from Biotherm. It has minimal coverage, but serves amazingly well as a moisturiser and skin tone equaliser. I love the lightweight gel texture, which is also extremely refreshing in comparison with heavier cream consistency.

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Another summer trick is to go for the “multi-use” creamy products. I’ve tried out the novelty from Maybelline – the latest addition to their Baby Lips range. Baby Lips & Cheeks has a funky cute packaging – which is already a plus, but not the only one. It comes in four bright shades that look incredible on both lips and cheeks. Considering how affordable this range is, I love the effect of fresh and glowy skin it provides. I own three out of the four shades, but I found Flirty Pink works best for my complexion. Simply put, it’s yet another “no fuss” make up product that is easy to re-apply on the go (and what’s more – the scent is just yummy!).

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A crucial step in my summer make up routine is refreshing my face with thermal water. This year I discovered the Vitality Splash from the German brand Be:Yu that has amazing nourishing as well as refreshing properties. If you are new to this whole “thermal water” game, trust me: nothing feels better than spraying your face with a cooling citrus-scented mist. Hence, recommended to keep in the fridge.

How has your summer 2016 been so far? Have you had the chance to enjoy a summer vacation? What were your go-to city or holiday essentials this season?

Let me know!

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Multi-masking: new trend or a gimmick?

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Multi-masking is a “thing”. But is there something behind this trend that makes it note-worthy, or is it just a goofy way of follow the groove?

To me, it’s one of the few trends that actually make sense. Using different skincare products on different parts of your face simply works towards an amazing skincare routine, and this method always performed best for me. But if using three-four different face moisturisers, oils or serums might seem a little too extensive (even though I am convinced we are slowly but surely moving that direction), when applied to face masks, this “rule” suddenly makes much more sense. Especially considering that the process of mask application itself is an “activity” you perform on a weekly – not daily – basis, which always takes a bit of time off your other activities, but you dedicate it purposefully.

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The principle is simple: since the majority of population (disregarding different skin types) has pretty diverse skincare needs on different parts of the face, applying various masks at the same time is a trick how to treat your skin with the maximum respect it deserves. Whereas a t-zone is usually of an oilier nature, cheeks are typically much drier, and an under eye area – extremely sensitive. In this case, you’d need to combat the oilier T-zone with a thicker cleansing mask with unclogging properties, usually based on charcoal, minerals or clay ingredients, occasionally even mud. For the contours of your face you’d like to use a treatment for extreme hydration, and apply an eye mask under your eyes – thankfully, there are more and more of those available. A cherry on top might be a lip mask or an overnight mask, which – in my honest opinion – play a role of an extra pampering, special something you treat yourself with from time to time.

My modest selection for this blog consists of five masks (talk about excessive, right?).

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The most efficient one (and the most significant one for my skin needs) is the Warming Mineral Mask from The Body Shop. Not coincidentally, it is also my favourite of the bunch, which I am really missing badly every time I skip a week without it. My T-zone definitely needs some deep cleanse, and clay is an excellent ingredient when it comes to extracting clogged pores and purifying the skin. What’s more, as is clear from its name, this mask has warming properties – perfect for long winter evenings… 🙂 Jokes aside, the warming effect expands your pores and basically provides you with a “sauna” or “hot shower” effect – a.k.a. deeper and more thorough cleanse. What’s more, I like to sense that a mask is doing something – be it stinging or warming feeling on my skin. That is how I feel that the magic is “happening”. I am also a huge believer in kaolin clay, and being the main ingredient of this mask, it will set your pores free. The Body Shop offers a high variety of excellent and affordable products that really work, so look no further!

Next one is a one-use mask from Alverde. Products from this German brand of organic cosmetics are usually hit or miss for me. Their masks, however, have been consistently surprising me positively. Hydration mask with shea butter and rose extracts is targeting sensitive skin. Just like in case of clay for cleansing, shea butter is a no-brainer ingredient for combating dryness. Should I even start on the rose scent? I apply this mask on the contours of my face and cheek area, and with a clay The Body Shop mask applied on my forehead, nose and chin I truly feel like as if I’m in a Hammam. The only thing missing is relaxing music and an eye mask.

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For this, Sephora may serve you well, since they recently expanded the sheet masks range with masks for eye lids and lips. I tried a couple of their eye masks, and cannot recommend them enough: quality-price wise it’s a win-win situation. This time, however, I went further and tried an eye mask from the Teaology brand. Well, you know how I feel about teas – and when I saw a line that promotes itself as “tea infusion skincare”, I couldn’t really avoid investing into it. This skincare brand is not the cheapest, but the White Tea Miracle Eye Mask is rather affordable, and I cannot deny the word “miracle” in its name played a significant role in my final decision. Perfect hydration for under eye area, also works for tired eyelids – or for those moments when you simply feel like closing your eyes and leaving all the worries behind…

Sephora has, however, made it into my collection with its Shea Butter lip mask (you see the pattern here, don’t you?). This mask is a true savioru for those of us with chapped and dry lips – it offers an extra portion of hydration, protects, repairs and smells incredibly! 🙂

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Now, after spending good fifteen minutes with our eyes and lips shut, it’s time to remove the sheet masks and gently wash off face masks – I like doing it with a muslin cloth, but water might suffice. If I feel extra dry (especially after long flights or when my water regime was not ideal) I would go for a “heavy duty” player – an overnight mask. Clinique offers a great one in its Moisture Surge range, but lately I’ve been using the overnight Emergency Hydration Oligo-Thermal Treatment from Biotherm. Somehow the word “emergency” in the name made me feel safe and secure, like I am leaving my skin in good “hands”. Indeed, the mask is perfect for this extra boost of hydration: just apply a thin layer in the evening and you’ll wake up with skin more radiant and plump than when you went to bed. If this doesn’t sound like a dream, what does?

 

 

And what about you? Have you already tried this “multi-masking” trend? If so, which masks are your favourite to use and combine? If not, what masks do you usually go for – are you seeking hydration, cleansing properties or energizing effect? Would love to hear your feedback and tips!

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