Thursday, 5 May 2016

Serum, sunscreen, moisturizer… what goes on first?

This depends on whether you are using a physical or chemical sunscreen. Check the label – if it lists Parsol, mexoryl, oxybenzone or avebenzone as an ingredient, the formula is chemical. If it does not contain any of these and lists zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, it’s a physical sunscreen. If, however, it contains ingredients from both categories, treat it as a chemical sunscreen.

Chemical sunscreens need to sink into the skin, so they go first – apply them onto clean, dry skin, wait a minute and then follow up with serum and moisturizer (in that order).

Sunday, 1 May 2016

What's My Next Hairstyle? #beauty #haircutstyles

The last little while I've been sporting a hideous sorry excuse of a poneytail. Yes, I've committed the ultimate new mom style sin... pulling the hair back looking like I just rolled out of bed. My hair has thinned out quite a bit since I had my daughter, even moreso than after weightloss surgery. My hair needs a major haircut, and I'm unsure of what I should get. Normally I would get a bob like Victoria Beckham... the longer in the front and short in the back, where it follows the jawline. My hair is quite thin and breaking in the front, that I don't think I can fully pull off that look at the moment. I'm actually debating going super short... a pixie cut. I have a round face and always was too scared to do anything super short. I was always told that my face was too fat, and that short hair is a huge NO for my face.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Donated My Other Curling Irons Because I'm Loving My New Auto Rotating Iron By Xtava #xtcanada

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Photo credit: Xtava Facebook

All throughout my teenage years and 20's I had wavy hair with little frizzies framing my face. I spent countless hours either straigtening my hair or curling it... mostly scrunching and adding some pretty curls around my face. The last few years since I had weightloss surgery, I've noticed a huge change in the texture of my hair, as well as the thickness... no more curls or little frizzies. My hair seems to be as straight as can be, even the frizzies have disappeared. Every once in a while I miss my curls, and get the urge to break out the curling iron. Since my hair is straight as can be, it takes me triple the amount of time to get the look that I used to acheive in the past. I was fortunate to get to test out the Satin Waves Auto Styler by Xtava, which takes a huge part of the work out of it.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Beauty DIY: Rose recipes that pack a potent skincare punch

Today, my thoughts keep wandering back to roses… I have no idea why! Maybe it’s the Absolis by Patyka Damask Rose Toning Lotion that landed on my table in the morning. Or the fresh batch of rose water I made last evening… the lush fragrance is still wafting through my rooms. Or the LancĂ´me Absolue L’extract Regenerating Ultimate Elixir that I have been road testing.

Whatever the reason, roses are everywhere in the beauty world right now. And these fragrant flowers are doing far more than just charmingly perfuming our products: their delicate petals are also chockfull with antioxidants, which help heal skin and reduce inflammation. Plus, they have superb antiseptic and antibacterial properties, making them ideal for a number of skin problems.

In fact, roses were a prominent element of traditional Indian, Chinese, Persian, Arabian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman medicine before making their way to European apothecaries. Which set me thinking: wouldn’t it be amazing if we could harness the therapeutic properties of this precious plant right at the source? Make its beauty benefits even more potent by adding fresh roses to the mix?

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Collapsible Diffuser for Hair Dryer #xtcanada

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

For as long as I can remember, when I was growing up, I used to have the frizziest hair. I spent countless hours in the bathroom every morning either straightening my hair, or scrunching it to enhance the curls. It was a daily routine that I just grew to accept, and tried numourous products to help it along the way. I noticed in my 30's that my hair completely changed texture... no more frizz. Where did it disappear to? I have no idea, but I traded it for thin, flat and bodyless hair. Even though my hair has changed, my routine is still somewhat the same... I'm using a hairdryer every time I wash my hair. I had the chance to test out the xtava Collapsible Silicone Hair Diffuser recently, which helps add some much needed volume and body to my hair.