It is a bit belated, but it IS that time of month again where I share my empties. I have been doing a fair amount of travel lately (I am currently away at the moment!) which has allowed me to use up some samples that I had stashed or some travel sized products which I have been saving for flights or time away from home. A lot of my empties this month are smaller trial sized products or products that are just so great for travelling and have the main focus of hydration. Read on to find out more in what I have used up in the past 4-6 weeks.Read More
Its amazing isn't it? We are reaching towards the second half of 2017. As I look back as to how the first half of 2017 has come along - its been a big year for myself, both personally and professionally - in the best way of course! I feel like I have personally achieved and learnt so much about myself, about people, about how small beauty businesses operate and overall have a new appreciation of brands but also the boutiques that carry them. I've learnt that its not as glamorous as it may seem and there is a lot of effort that goes behind the scenes, many sleepless nights and a lot of gold old fashioned hard work. The final product however is incredibly satisfying and so very rewarding that all of the hardships are tiny in comparison to what owners of these brands and boutiques achieve. Its amazing to see the success of these businesses, and to think they all started with an idea and the belief that they could make a difference.
In doing this month's edition of Skincare Discoveries, each and every girlboss/entrepreneur has found something missing in their world and brought that idea to life. These amazing women took that leap of faith in creating their own brand, their own ethos, their own philosophy. Spending hours upon hours in everything from research, marketing, sourcing and everything else that comes with the creative and business aspect of their own brand. It's amazing to think that many of the brands featured here and other that we all often love are all started on an idea and a leap of faith.Read More
I am huge fan of the Jordan Samuel Skin line, as many of you know I absolutely adore the Plie Treatment Cleanser and I am now almost out of my first bottle of Hydrate - Jordan's Hyaluronic Acid Serum (and have and most likely always will repurchase). When I had the opportunity to connect and have a chat with Jordan himself recently, I was pretty nervous. Why? Well he is someone whom I have a tremendous amount of respect for.
For me, Jordan is someone that is not only kind, approachable and incredibly hilarious. He is someone who is knowledgable, does his research and basically just knows what he is talking about with no BS when it comes to skincare and all things skin. This is so obvious in his Skin Talks videos on his YouTube channel. He has a lot of integrity, not only as a person, a brand but also as a business owner. The success of his brand is a testament to this, with little advertising, and a lot of word of mouth rave reviews, the Jordan Samuel Skin line has fast become a favourite for the skincare obsessed and beyond.
What sets Jordan's line - Jordan Samuel Skin from many other brands is perhaps its simplistic approach. With only 4 SKUs, Jordan's line is small and simple and it is the way he intends it to be. The less is more approach to good skin is what Jordan and his line is all about I had the amazing opportunity to pick his brain about it and learn exactly why this may be the case.Read More
Hello hello! Apologies for the sudden disappearance on the blog! I have been travelling (as you may have known from my Instagram posts) and am slowly returning back to normal life. Sometimes you need a holiday from your holiday as its so jammed packed and the schedule full of new and exciting places to explore. Anyway, I've returned home with a fresh mind, plenty of sleep and had a few days to just relax that now I am back into the blogging headspace again. I have realised this past month there seems to be a running theme of cleansers. I don't know why or how this came about (maybe something to do with the fact that I adore using a good cleanser?) but I am bringing yet another cleanser review to the blog...I am a self confessed cleanser junkie after all.
Luxe Botanics is relatively new brand on the natural skincare scene. Rooted from three extraordinary core botanical ingredients — Marula Oil from Kenya, Camu Camu berry from Brazil, and Kigelia Africana from Malawi, the range harnesses the nutrients from these ingredients to help nourish, brighten and clarify skin. Founder of Luxe Botanics - Jene Roestorf has always had a 'deep love of all things natural' which lead her to study and work in the field of nano and biotechnology to give herself a good grounding on the workings of nature and to look at it through a scientific lens. With 12 years of training and working in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, taking her to all sorts of destinations in the world. Combining her studies and training Jene followed her passion with all things natural, combing and applying her scientific knowledge to find a more effective skincare solution.
I had the pleasure of briefly speaking with Jene and being able to sample the range last year before its official launch, with one of the brand's Discovery Kits. I immediately fell in love with both of the cleansers in the line (and wrote about them briefly in an empties post here). When the opportunity arose for me to try the full size of these products, I was so excited as I had already enjoyed the samples so much. I do believe that the Luxe Botanics Marula Hydrating Pre-Cleaser and the Camu Brightening Cleanser are wonderful in their own right, but combined leave the skin beautifully soft and nourished, making it a fantastic cleansing duo.Read More
Yay! It's empties time and this post has been a little belated (sorry!). I am currently in the midst of travelling and its been a little harder than I thought to get my posts up and running (thank you technology and lack of internet). I think we should be back on track from now onwards. Thank you for bearing with me...
June was another big empties month for me in skincare and I even have an addition for haircare! I ran out of serums, masks and moisturisers last month so I have plenty to write about and won't leave this too long. I find that it is so satisfying to finish something off and this is an area I think I am most definitely improving in. Most of of these products that I have finished this month have been ones that I do quite enjoy using and are things I would look into repurchasing again. Have a read at what I went through over the last month and ENJOY!Read More
It's that time of month again where I start to wrap up my favourites, empties and of course my latest skincare discoveries. The month of June has been a fairly busy one for me - preparing my younger sister's 21st Birthday, being a support to a friend in a time who needs it most, preparing for a few upcoming trips, planning some upcoming (and exciting) blog posts and of course returning home to celebrate my sister's birthday. I sometimes wonder where on earth my day goes as before I know it, the end of the day has arrived or like at this point in time - its the not only the end of the week but also the end of the month! Some of the tragic events that occurred over the course of this month have made me realise that time ticks over fast and that life - life is so precious. We never know when it finishes, and because of that we must cherish every moment, whether it be in own solitude, with friends or with family. I feel that my life is racing ahead of me and sometimes I need some time to sit back and reflect so that I can truly appreciate everything and everyone around me. Basically, I just need slow down!
I have mentioned many times in the past, one of my favourite ways to slow down (other than cooking and baking) is actually trawling social media. Its a really good process for me that actually gets me to sit still for a second and enjoy mindless trawling. Trawling can either be my own personal account to see what my friends in my everyday life are up to or via my @orchidsandpeonies account where I like to see what my Instagram friends are doing as well as seeing what brands are up to or of course what brands there are waiting to be discovered.
In June, I have come across 3 really interesting brand and concepts. One is probably one that you have heard before, but the story (or person) behind the brand is quite remarkable that I had to share. The other two are very new on the skincare market and have a very 'green' approach to beauty. I hope you enjoy!Read More
Out of all the skincare products that I use, I actually get the most joy with using a cleanser. I simply love a good cleanser - whether it be an oil, balm, powder or gel I find that each and every cleanser in my stash has its benefits and its uses. If there is one thing I have learnt in the realm of cleansers, its that some are better at removing makeup and the day's grime better than others. Being the lazy person that I am, I actually heavily rely on my first cleanse to remove my makeup in the evening or after a long day at work. Having tested out my fair share of cleansers, I find that there are certain cleansers which I can always rely on when it comes to annihilating/destroying my makeup - no matter how heavy my coverage may be. To keep things simple, I have narrowed my list down to my favourite three. Enjoy!Read More
As many of you know, I love a good cleanser - in fact I can happily admit that I am a cleanser junkie. I love all different types of cleansers, whether it be an oil cleanser, balm cleanser, cream cleanser or gel cleanser - I believe each and every one in my collection has its purpose. Recently, I was contacted by the Dr LEVY Switzerland PR Team and was asked if I would like to try to their 3 Deep Cell Renewal Micro-Resurfacing Cleanser. Having never tried anything from the brand before but very fascinated with the premise of the line I gratefully said yes. I am so glad that I did, as this exfoliating cleanser (that also works as a mask) has got to be one of the most efficient of its kind that I have ever tried. The 3 Deep Cleanser makes my skin smoother, brighter and it just glows.
For those that don't know, the Dr Levy Switzerland line is developed by one of the most infamous aesthetic dermatologists in the world, Dr Philip Levy - a laser and wound healing specialist. With the discovery of dermal stem cells in 2009, Dr Levy strove to develop a line that would help his patients avoid surgery and ultimately reverse the signs of aging. With this passion, he created the Dr Levy Switzerland line that utilises his innovative (and patented) ArganCellActiv Complex a formula that has been clinically proven to stimulate, protect and nourish skin’s own regeneration system. In short his line is supposed to show smoother, firmer, stronger, overall more youthful looking skin. The Dr Levy range is a cosmeceutical range which combines both medical grade results and a truly luxurious experience and all products are developed and made in Switzerland.
The entire line contains 6 products, ranging from a cleanser, a serum and a range of different moisturisers depending on the skin type. I was very fortunate enough to try the 3 Deep Cell Renewal Micro-Resurfacing Cleanser and I was very happy with the results.Read More
Today's post is a little different from my usual as I am going to be talking a a little bit about what I use for makeup these days. There is no doubt that I love skincare (I have a whole blog on it!) however, I am not sure if many of you know - I also love makeup. My biggest issue and problem is that I am just far to lazy to sometimes use or apply certain make-up products. I find that however long I take doing a skincare routine, my makeup routine seems to take just a moment of my time. Its not that I don't enjoy makeup, I actually love purchasing items to add to my collection (I have so many palettes)! It's just during the week, I love a quick and lazy routine that doesn't require so much effort as I do not have the patience (or skill set for that matter) to apply my makeup. I also believe that makeup should be use t enhance your natural beauty and is not there to completely cover it up and conceal it. I love keeping my makeup quite light and my complexion looking as natural as possible as I hate caking on product. If anything was to look 'dramatic' it would most definitely show in my lip colour of choice.
Overall, my makeup routine literally takes about 10 minutes from start to finish! Here's a little snapshot of what I currently using and loving.Read More
As many of you who follow me on the blog or on Instagram know, one of the more recent skin problems I have been facing is scarring pigmentation no thanks to the wedding stress I had earlier on in the year. My skin which used to be generally quite good was a bit of a spotty pigmented mess (thank god for makeup on the big day). I had a moment after returning from my honeymoon, where I looked in the mirror and absolutely hated what I saw. For the first time in my life, I felt a sudden slump in confidence. You know how you read those stories about people who loose their confidence due to acne, redness...etc? I feel a little stupid and perhaps a little shallow in saying this, but for a good few days I was miserable about the state of my skin. It was that point I decided that I had to do something different and I decided to book myself in for a skin consultation at one of Rationale Skincare's Skin Clinics.
It was at this consultation, I not only gained further insight into my skin but I also regained a little bit of confidence. In my consultation, I had a series of images taken of my skin. These images were later analysed and the analysis was relayed back to me by my wonderful Rationale Consultant. She basically told me, other than my scarring, my skin was in pretty good condition (yay...confidence boost) and she suggested a few different products for me to try. I loved the fact she wasn't trying to do a hard sell by selling me the entire range but instead gave me her honest advice. I walked away with one of the Rationale Skincare serums - Immunologist Niacinamide Serum after my consultant's suggestion. I am so glad that I did as my results have been nothing but amazing.Read More