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20.6.17

Summer Skincare Must Haves

Summer Skincare Must Haves

With the inevitable burning sensation of the UV rays hitting our skin during the summer months, we want (or at least I do, don't know about you) something that will protect our skin from premature ageing (lines, wrinkles, hyper pigmentation) because sun exposure is one of the main factors of skin ageing. 

So of course, products with SPF are a must, and it is crucial we wear them on our face (and any exposed skin) year round. Look for products with at least SPF 15, but do go higher if you burn easily. Note that products with SPF 50 or above aren't that much more effective, the key here is to apply generously and to reapply if you will be spending most of the day outside. Also try to avoid exposing yourself to UV rays between the hours of 11:00 and 15:00 as it is when they are the strongest. 

My current summer SPF products are the following:

Face: I've been using this Olay Complete Radiance Illuminator SPF 15 for normal to oily skin. I must say this is actually quite lightweight and doesn't leave any glittery particles on my face, which is what I was scared of when I read the word Illuminator in its name. It also leaves no white cast or sticky sensation, sinks in quite quick and has a light scent. The only thing I don't love is that it contains parabens, but other than that it is a really good product. 

Lips: I've been using the Blistex Classic Lip Protector, it has SPF 10 and it has a mixture of natural oils in the ingredients, as well as chamomile and aloe, which makes it not only moisturising but also soothing. It has a subtle and sweet vanilla scent and taste to it as well. I would like to try the Palmer's Dark Chocolate and Mint SPF 15 lip balm too, which would be ideal to freshen up your breath after a meal. 

Hands: they are the first to show signs of ageing (along with the eye area) as skin is constantly exposed to the sun and rarely cared for. I've been loving The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Cream, it has SPF 15, it's super lightweight, hydrating, softening and smells of roses. What more could you want? Oh, yeah - it also prevents the appearance of dark spots thanks to rosehip oil in the formula.

What are your summer skincare must haves?

xo

13.6.17

New In: May 2017

St Tropez Tan
Poundland LED Lights
Pierre Cardin Leather Passport Cover
Didn't buy a lot of stuff last month, as my birthday is coming soon I'm kind of waiting so I can go crazy (maybe) and treat myself in 2 months.

From Aldi I got a little succulent plant, some evening primrose oil capsules and Argan body oil. Also got a sample of the St Tropez Gradual Tan with a magazine.

From Poundland I got a set of LED micro lights. Last but not least, a leather Pierre Cardin passport holder from a charity shop and a Botanics Hibiscus Toner from Boots.

xo

11.6.17

A Stylish Way to Protect Your Contactless Card Details

Myne Card Contactless Protection Card
Myne Card Contactless Protection Card

Last week I received a pair of Myne Contactless Card Protectors to try out and review. They have teamed up with The National Gallery, so there is 4 different designs to choose from. I picked out the Vincent van Gogh - Wheatfield with Cypresses and  Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder - Still Life of Flowers in a Wan-Li Vase designs. The artwork on the card seems to be a good quality print, with no pixellated or blurred areas. 

In the pictures the Myne Cards looked like any other card bank card but upon receiving them I realised that they are much thinner, almost paper thin, which is great as it takes virtually no space in your wallet or purse and you could even fit it into the same slot as your bank card. 

The great thing about the Myne Cards is that you can protect your contactless bank card details from being stolen by simply having the Myne Card in your wallet, in front of your contactless card. Of course I had to test them to make sure they worked, so when out shopping and using the self service till, I placed the Myne Card in between the bank card and the reader machine and nothing happened (as expected) but as soon as the Myne Card was no longer in between the reader and bank card, the transaction was instantly done. 

Father's Day is just a week away, and I think this would be a really nice little detail to help your dad (or anyone, really) keep their information safe and preventing fraud, since contactless bank cards are becoming increasingly common. 


xo