I'm studying linguistics at university at the moment, and while it is all great fun a girl needs to be allowed to be a girly girl after a whole day of reading, and writing, and reading some more. I really love coming home to a foot bath (my feet always need caring for, and since I don't have a tub this is the closest to a bath I come), putting on my slippers and come here, to read about fun, pretty things.
For me, my beauty routine is very simple and very natural. I'm not one for long, complex rituals or doing my nails. A facial cleanser, a muslin cloth (my HG tool), a hydrating mist (my skin always needs more hydration) and I'm ready to face the day, most days. Sometimes I'll throw some powder foundation on (liquids seldom tend to work, because I'm sensitive to silicone), a little bit of Mac's Studio Finish concealer in NW15 (only concealer I've ever tried that actually blends into my skin), blush and a setting powder but that's about it unless I have time to spare, when my eyes might be done in neutrals too. I do like looking at colourful eye shadows, but as a general rule, I just feel overdone when I do wear them which also holds true for lipstick.
I think the most time consuming part of my beauty regimen is my hair. I have waist long, all natural hair and it takes some maintenance to keep it happy. Brushing with a boar bristle brush, deep conditioning every time I wash (I have an every 3-day routine) and deep oilings all take time. My main problem with my hair is that I've sworn off any kind of heat tools, and in the winter, my hair tends to dry a bit frizzy...so frizzy that I've been contemplating using a flat iron. Main reason I don't is that I love my gentle waves. So, I'm always looking for products that helps make my hair smooth and soft.
|Special Skin Characteristics:||
|Special Hair Characteristics:||
|Desert Island Items:||
A pair of extra glasses, to see with
Tweezers, for stray hairs
A mirror, to see the stray hairs and pluck them
|My Beauty Secret:||
The sponge and muslin cloth. No matter if you need to smooth your arms, or wash your face, these two tools are indispensable. They smooth my skin, make my blackheads go away and keep clogs at bay. For a women who have been battling blemishes all her life, the pair together (sponge for applying cleanser and get down into your pores, cloth for removing it) is just magic.
In the mornings, I just shave, wash my face, do my facial routine (all but a minute) and put on the make-up, do my hair and I am out the door.
In the evenings, I like to begin by pampering my hard working feet, then doing yoga, have a shower (so hair has time to air dry until morning) and cleanse and treat my face.
|My Celebrity Look-a-like:||
Once, when I was younger, I was told I looked like Jennifer Aniston. I do not think we have any semblance at all, and was quite offended (since I honestly think she is a rather boring star to look like, if you could have your pick) but the boy who said it intended it as a compliment.
I'm always been sceptical about toners, since I've had the impression that they are water with added chemicals in them but Lush Tea Tree Water is different.It might be that I can pronounce the ingredients and know what they are supposed to do. It might be that it actually leaves my face feeling fresh and clean after I used it. Or it might be that I actually feel that it does what it is supposed to do: it cleans, without being drying.On staying at home days, this is the only thing I use to cleanse my face in the mornings. I know, I know. Horrible mistake, right? Though my face has never been happier. No more cystnic acne, just a few small pimples (because I cannot help leaning against my hands when in front of the computer, and pick at them, no cleanser can help with that I'm afraid!) and best of all: balanced skin.Yes, balanced skin. I still cannot believe it. After years of crazy combination skin I've finally found something that works. The key proved to be to find a combination of products that clean, fights bacteria but does not dry my out.HG, for sure. I always keep one unopened in my staple box.
My skin is really clog prone so a good scrub is a must every second day. Most scrubs are either too oily, contains soap of some kind, melts at contact with the skin...you know, they just don't work. This however has a divine citrusy smell that wakes me right up in the morning, and contains both sugar and rice powder which makes it a very gentle, very effective, very fine grained scrub. After I use this anywhere on my body, my skin feels wonderfully refreshed and absolutely smooth but especially my face. If I could, I would use this for all my cleansing purposes since I just love, love, love the feeling, applying it, smelling it. Talking about applying it,it comes in a tub with a little spatula, looking like...well, just dry and hard. Just scoop a little bit (a nail) up in your palm, add a few drops of water to dissolve and apply to your face using your other hand as a spatula in a patting motion so you don't use it all in the sink. Then scrub away and enjoy as I do. :D
This palette is everything I want from an eye shadow palette.The colours are neutral enough to be worn with anything, so when in a rush I always know what to grab to guarantee a nice look. Because of the neutral shades, it is the perfect everyday palette. Just swept on, the lighter colours are barely noticeable, except as a faint shimmer that make your eyes pop but not in an over the top way. Just subdued, gentle and natural. Built on and combined, the colours also work well for that lunch date or even a neutral evening look. Combine with a dark liner (me myself am in love with dark green at the moment) and all you can say will be wow! At least, that is what I tell myself several times a day, walking past the mirror.
From within bottles, jars, compacts and tubes.*