Two weeks ago, I mentioned in my previous blog post that I have accumulated quite a few empties over the past few months and just haven't had the time to share with you this collection of products. As promised, here is part 2 of my empties adventure - with a good mix of skincare, haircare and even a sunscreen! I find that with my empties, there seems to be a recurring trend of a few products. This post especially contains some old favourites which you may have seen pop up in previous posts. However, there is a reason why they keep springing up all the time - they just happen to be some of my tried and true holy grails. Read on for part 2 of my empties!Read More
Wow, we are here. Towards the beginning of the second half of 2018 - I swear time flies, doesn't it? Before you know it, the Christmas prep and shopping would have begun. Its a little scary just how quickly time has flown this year.
Its been a while since I last did an empties post and I think I have accumulated quite a significant amount empties. The past few months have been a little bit of a blur and I haven't been so great at keeping up to date with products I have used up. However, I am proud of myself for using up quite a few products. So much so, I do think I have to split this into two parts! Here's a little taste (part one) of what I have been using up since May.Read More
I love blogging and the skincare community. Blogging and Instagram in particular, has been such a great medium for me to get to know like-minded people (whether it be in skincare or just general life) but also a means for me to be able to learn, expand my knowledge and of course be recommended all sorts of different types of products and brands. It is through social media and blogging that I have been introduced to, purchased and experienced products such as Pixi Glow Tonic, Jordan Samuel Skin's serums, sheet masks and the world of facial oils. There is a never-ending list of products that I wish to purchase and try and my skincare stash has most definitely taken over my bathroom vanity. It is also through social media and blogging that I have learned to appreciate the beauty and simplicity of the 'hydrating serum'. Since Caroline Hiron's introduced me to my very first one (Indeed Lab's Hydraluron), I don't think I have ever looked back as hydrating serums have become a staple in my daily skincare routine. I am rarely without one.
What are hydrating serums exactly? Well, in a nutshell, it is a skincare product designed to give the skin a boost of hydration. Hydration serums normally contain ingredients such a hyaluronic acid - an impressive molecule that can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water and humectants which help to seal and lock in water, keeping the skin looking hydrating, healthy, lifted and plump. I have used a variety of different hydrating serums and here are 7 of my favourites.Read More
As many of you know, I do enjoy using green beauty products, not because they are necessarily 'green' but because they work so well for my skin. However, my love for skincare has never just stopped at green beauty - I have embraced everything from Korean Skincare products, cosmeceuticals as well as those products you would find at your local drugstore. At the end of the day, I like products that quite simply work for my skin, doesn't cause my skin to freak out and are an absolute joy to use in both texture and scent. Over the past 18 months of blogging, I have come to realise that the products that seem to work best for me are a fusion of science and natural ingredients and there are a few brands that I find that do this quite well. African Botanics is one of those skincare brands where almost everything I have tried, I have absolutely loved and there are a few products in the range which I will happily say are my holy grails and I could never live without. As much as I hate to admit it - their most recent release, the Fleurs d'Afriques Intense Recovery Cream has actually made it to that list. The reason why I hate admitting it? The cost of this cream is sure to raise some eyebrows for some, as it does retail for USD$350, putting it right up there with La Mer's famed Creme de La Mer, however unlike La Mer, I find that the African Botanics Fleurs d'Afriques Intense Recovery Cream is worth every single penny.Read More
If there has been one thing that I have enjoyed receiving in the mail over the short period of time that I have been blogging, it is beauty subscription boxes. They really are like a little treat in the mail. I find that beauty boxes are not just all about whats inside the box - its also the experience when it comes to receiving the box, opening the box and having the opportunity to discover what has been carefully curated inside. It is that element of surprise that makes beauty subscription boxes exciting and so much fun to receive. You never know what you will get and it is very much like receiving a birthday or Christmas present. The biggest difference is that you have the potential to receive one every month!
Late last year, I had the opportunity to receive a box from MINTD Box - a truly luxurious beauty subscription service that has been carefully curated by Cheryl Botchway and her team. Each box edition has a theme that suits the month (ie. the current January box is all about recharging for the New Year) and contains a minimum of 4-5 full size and deluxe sized luxury beauty products from across the globe housed in a beautiful white box. The experience from unboxing to unwrapping and the joy of each product discovery makes MINTD Box an opulent affair and a most enjoyable one too. I received the December edit, aptly named 'Enchanted' and with an edit like this, I was completely blown away.Read More
Well, not too long ago the eventful year that was 2017 came to an end - what a year it was! For me, 2017 marked a year of new chapters (I got married!!), new adventures (an interstate move) and new opportunities (exciting new roles at work). It threw many challenges my way but with new challenges, it is an opportunity to learn and grow as a person.
One of the goals that I had in 2017 was to use up more product and with that in mind, I was inspired to write more empty posts throughout the year. I have really enjoyed writing these posts as it gives me an idea of what I have used up, what products I really did love using and also a great way for me to communicate what I thought of products, as I can't review everything in detail. I usually struggle to hit empty with products but I found by trying to create an Empties Post every month, I am more motivated to use what I have already opened more. The end of 2017 was a busy one for me, and I managed to use up a few recurring favourites at the end of the year, discover some brilliant new products and of course use up things that perhaps were not quite for me.Read More
Hello, hello! It's been such a long time since I last posted. I am so sorry. It's been a very hectic few weeks for me. For those who do not know, I recently started a new job and with any new role, there is a lot of new things to learn. My brain unfortunately just hasn't had the capacity to write any blog posts as of late as when I come home from work, I am literally brain dead! However, as I am now settling in, you will see and hear from me much more often. It is so nice to be back writing on the blog though and we are well into the silly/festive season.
It's a little scary to think that Christmas is not too far away (with just a little over a week to go!) and that 2017 will come to an end soon (is anyone else wondering where has 2017 gone?). Isn't it crazy that we begin a new an exciting 2018 in a little over 2 weeks? Whilst we are well into the festive season, I know many of us are still Christmas shopping and looking for some beautiful gifts for our loved ones. As a skincare lover, I adore sharing my passion with my friends and family and often find myself purchasing skincare related gifts for my family and friends. With that in mind, I thought I would share some gift ideas for those special people in our lives and of course, a little splurging for ourselves is always necessary.Read More
Its EMPTIES time again! This year, I have decided to really focus on finishing up what I have and because of this focus, I have a few full size skincare empties this month. This is something that is quite rare for me so I am relishing it! This month, a few of my favourites have been completely used up and whilst it is really sad to say goodbye, I know that I will be reunited with these products again soon (or have already) as I have enjoyed using these very much.Read More
There is no denying that I am a huge fan of the African Botanics line - each and every product I have used is uniquely beautiful in terms of texture and smell but more importantly they also perform. The founders of the African Botanics line, Julie and Craig Noik are also incredibly lovely people who are so passionate about what they do and really do want to create a line that is not just pleasing at face value (ie. through the general aesthetics of the brand and ingredients used in the products). They are also extremely driven to find and create products that actually do make a difference in the skin, working endlessly with scientists and botanists to not only seek the best ingredients but also making sure these ingredients work together to create results. This passion and drive shows in each and every one of their formulations and it shows as the brand has quite a following with many on Instagram - myself included!
The Resurrection Cell Recovery Serum from the African Botanics line is probably one of my favourite products in the range and quite possibly one of my favourite evening serums I have ever used. This serum ticks all the boxes for me and could easily be one of my holy grail skincare products as it does everything I could ever want. It combines a mixture of proven active ingredients and botanical extracts in its formulation to help hydrate, calm, lift and brighten my skin and in a time where I needed it most, really helped to heal my awful breakouts and boost my complexion.Read More
Well here we have it, 2016 has come to an end and what a crazy year it was on both a personal level as well as a global level. This year will be remembered for all sorts of reasons - it will be the year that Brexit happened, Donald Trump was elected into the White House and we also lost icons such as David Bowie, Prince and Carrie Fisher. This year will be the year where the Olympic Games in Rio, once again showed us great sportsmanship and humanity between all nations, no matter what race or religion. An article written in 2016, showed me personally that compassion, inclusion and acceptance shown by some Canadian citizens can make a world of difference to those most in need.
On a more personal level, 2016 was the year that brought me to uproot my life and move overseas to be with the Mr (the man I am marrying in less than 8 weeks!), only to move back home again. It is the year that pushed me to create this blog - orchids&peonies - an outlet where I can let my skincare nerdiness run rampant and free haha. For me, 2016 marked a year of forming amazing friendships, connecting with some amazing brands, learning more about the world of beauty and skincare and overall just have a new found respect and gratitude for everyone who has crossed my path in both their generosity and time. I have met and connected with some amazing people, been able to do some serious travelling this year and have come across some really exciting products and brands! The knowledge that I have built upon this year has amazed me - in both literal knowledge about skincare and just knowledge about myself and what I am able to achieve. Overall, 2016 has been a truly inspiring year and I have many of you to thank for it.
Today's blog post is a little look back on some of my favourite products, my favourite brands and some of my favourite blog posts that I have since starting the orchids&peonies blog back in May 2016!Read More