My Swimming Pool Beauty Essentials

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Do you like swimming as much as I do? If your response is “yes”, then there’s a high probability we could become good friends, because swimming makes me happy, cheery, bursting with energy and excited. Swimming pool has taken its staple place in my fitness routine, and for years now I’ve been trying to incorporate it into my weekend plans, even though there might be thousand more seemingly exciting things to do.

Swimming pool necessities that consist of a swimming suit, a fresh towel, and voluntarily a pair of goggles plus a swimming cap, are pretty obvious and self-explanatory content of my bag. But what about oh so needed beauty products that should accompany you on the swimming adventure?  I always pack minis of my favourite products, so I can be compact and at the same time enjoy the goodies my skin- and hair- routine consists of.

I like using Aussie‘s haircare products to thoroughly cleanse my hair and nourish it appropriately. Miracle Moist range works wonders for dryer hair, especially after being exposed to stress in the form of chlorinated water (that even the swimming cap cannot fully protect from). The thick and silky consistency of this shampoo is targeting mainly damaged and “a bit unhappy” hair, which makes it perfect to tame your mane after the swimming rage. According to Aussie, the shampoo “infuses moisture into hair helping to condition and smooth”. No wonder: macadamia nut oil, the products of the Miracle Moist range are enriched with, definitely has smoothing and deep nourishing properties.

Next step is a cult product of the Aussie brand – 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor. This truly miraculous hair conditioner (or rather mask, taking its consistency into consideration) has definitely not received all this hype for no reason. For most of the time it is a little bit too thick and nourishing for my rather fine hair – therefore, I only like using it once a week (or even two weeks), for a deep moisture effect. The Australian Balm Mint extract is an “ingredient star” of the 3 Minute Miracle: according to Aussie it ‘helps to restore manageability and adds shine’. Hair is properly nourished and silky smooth after usage.

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The most recent “member” of my swimming pool bag is a true beauty from Lush – the mini size of the Rose Jam Shower Gel. Whatever everyone is saying about this product, it’s all true! Gorgeous scent, wonderful silky consistency and moisturising properties – it all helps me to turn the swimming pool showers into my little personal spa. 🙂

Last step in the shower is a face wash. As important it is for me to nourish my skin properly before diving into the chlorinated water, as important it is to wash the layer of chlorinated water straight after the swim. I fell in love with this mini size of Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Foaming Cleanser that I received with my purchase. I never looked toward Estee Lauder in regard with skincare, but after this discovery I believe I will need to start learning more about it. The cleanser is gentle, yet not eagerly foamy (which is unnecessary for cleansers anyway): I love the feeling of a deeply cleansed face I have after using it, and you literally need the tiniest amount to get the job done.

Moving to my “apres-shower” routine: I first moisturise my dry after chlorinated water skin. I like using heavy-duty nourishing products, such as body butters or body creams with potent ingredients. My current saviour is an affordable body lotion from Balea with 5% of Urea that is – again – targeting very dry skin (you see the pattern here, don’t you?). Super cheap and so nourishing – you cannot really go wrong with it.

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On another side of the price range is a deodorant from Lancome, a product purchased at a Duty Free once upon a time, but left untouched for a while. In mornings I usually don’t feel like too much fuss, hence this cream deodorant that needs to be applied in a little “old school” manner by spreading the cream with your finger, was transferred to my swimming pool essentials. Gentle Smooth Deodorant Cream Bocage doesn’t have any particularly strong scent (apart from this a little old-schoolish hint), but the protection it provides with is more than acceptable.

It’s time to moisturise my face now: I like doing it with the honey nourishing cream from Sanoflore Miel Nourricier. You won’t be surprised to hear that it’s another favourite of mine: very light in texture, it is dedicated for sensitive skin and provides me with an appropriate dose of hydration. Sanoflore is one of my favourite brands of all time, I haven’t been disappointed with any of their products.

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The last (voluntary) step in my routine depends on the weather outside. If it’s not freezing cold or wintery windy, I like to dry my hair just a bit, but then leave it dry naturally. In these cases, I’ll apply a bit of a salt spray into hair for extra texture and to accentuate the waves. This product is again from Aussie, but in contrast to my excitement with their haircare goodies, I wasn’t a fan of hairstyling. In particular, this Miracle Beach Waves spray is very strongly (and what’s more, unpleasantly!) fragranced, quite sticky and gives a crunchy end result. I believe, it’s not what you want to achieve, is it? I really loved my Lee Stafford salt spray that was also more exact regarding the dosage: 20 pumps were usually enough for a slight beachy look. With this one though I feel like spraying 40 pumps might not suffice. Recommended for advanced users only 🙂 Even though I believe those will prefer a better product.

What are your beauty essentials you like to keep in your sports bag? Or take along to a gym or swimming pool? Let me know!

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Winter Purples: What’s Trending in My Daily Routine?

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Have you ever experienced winter blues? I have, and not once. However, I made a conscious choice to re-qualify this state of mind for the winter purples. Simply put, there is no reason whatsoever to not feel uplifted during the colder months, however dull and “bluesy” the world behind the window might seem.

Here is my selection of “must have” beauty products that accompany me on my winter routine.

First things first, hair. The crown of beauty. In winter, its state is usually far from the perfect mane we envision ourselves with, be it due to the indoor/outdoor temperature change, static electricity from scarves and hats, or finally, simple vitamins deficiency. Kerastase V.I.P. Volume in Powder spray is a winner for me. It has this magical power to return my dull hair back to life within seconds. Let’s say, it is an ‘easier to get’ alternative to the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. I know, this comparison is quite bold and might seem a little rushed, but both these products, although quite pricy, work wonders on thin, lifeless hair.

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The Body Shop Christmas line has never managed to let me down. This year (meaning December 2015) I especially liked their Frosted Plum range. Mesmerised by the scent, I picked up their Body Butter and Hand Cream, knowing that these are the items I would get the most use out of. But secretly plotting on how to become a source of this very scent wherever I go. Body Butter is amazingly nourishing, hence perfect for my dryer skin in colder months. Hand cream is too thin to my liking, but the small packaging is quite handy on the go.

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The newest discovery of mine was the Too Faced Love Flush blush in the “purpliest” shade available – Your Love is King. You’ve surely heard much about this product: for a good couple of months it’s been all over the internet. No wonder, it is pretty much perfect. Sleek packaging (even though I find the shape quite cheesy), pretty pattern inside, but more importantly, amazing pigmentation and long-lasting effect do the trick.

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Purple or dark burgundy shades of nail polishes have certainly become one of the staples of fall/winter season. My colour of choice is Essie‘s Sole Mate. Having it in my collection for years, I’ve fully acknowledged my affection towards it only recently.

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And the nice final touch to my purple routine is a spritz of YSL Manifesto perfume. Not a fan of the original scent – Manifesto EDP – I found myself inclining towards the L’Eclat version of the fragrance. Less intense, and definitely less sickly sweet, Manifesto L’Eclat could be described as a “woody” scent with distinct note of vanilla and tonka beans.

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And of course, it all blends well together only accompanied with tea. My choice for the winter purples days is Prince Vladimir from Kusmi Tea. Nothing warms up your day like a “Russian blend of China teas with scents of bergamot, lemon, grapefruit and spices”.

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And what about you? Have you tried any of these products? What are your purple favourites of the season? Does your winter routine have a colour?

Let me know!

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