I can’t believe December’s here. This year’s gone way too quickly. It seems as you get older time flies faster and faster. You look back, you look forward, you panic, you smile. As of now in less than 3 weeks the days start to get ever so slightly longer. That’s a smile!
I have 3 requirements when it comes to skin care and cosmetics; as natural as possible, no parabens, SLS, petrochemicals etc, not test on animals and contain no animal ingredients aside from beeswax/honey that I’m aware of (though a vegan, I eat honey). With make up this can be tricky, so I go with what I can get. My skin’s a combination of oily and dry and it’s happier with less products. Recently I’ve been trying out Korean brands as those ladies take great care of their skin and there’s Miin, a Korean Cosmetic shop in Barcelona I love popping into. Though my basic skin care hasn’t changed.
Dear Klairs Illuminating Supple Blemish Cream/BB Cream From Miin Cosmetics This is a rival to the Etude House Precious Mineral Perfect Fit BB Cream I’m using. Initially I thought this would be too pale as it only comes in one shade and Korean ladies prefer pale skin. It colour adapts and Sephora’s 8hr Wear Mattifying Compact Foundation adds extra colour. The coverage isn’t as full as Etude House Precious Mineral Perfect Fit, but with concealer where needed, it’s fine. What I love about this BB cream is I hardly feel like I’m wearing any foundation/BB cream at all. It feels like silk! It’s also long-lasting with few powder touch ups and more importantly it doesn’t cake. It holds its own through workouts. It does have an odd smell, but this is minor compared to it’s what it does! I’m defintely buying it again, like I need an excuse to pop into Miin!
SNP Animal Sheet Fibre Face Masks
Another find from Miin! They’re easy to use, cleanse, place mask, smooth it out, leave on for 15-20 mins, preferably when nobody’s around. I find clay masks can be too harsh and drying or gel masks not hydrating enough. These give extra hydration and are cooling at the same time, which is perfect right now in the cold months, moving from cold air outdoors to warm air indoors. From what I’ve read, sheet mask ingredients are absorbed more into the skin than regular face masks. My skin looks and feels refreshed afterwards. I can’t find anything saying if SNP do or do not test on animals, so I’m going with what they said in the shop. I’ll probably get Sephora’s own next time as I know they don’t test on animals. And if they come with animal faces printed on, it’s grown up face paint and dance out your inner Cats (the musical), okay.
The only problem I had was smoothing out the sheet over my nose. I ended up make extra tears to accommodate.
Sephora Fiber Eye Masks
These work in the same way as the sheet masks and I love them! These you can wear with others around! I’m working my way through their range, but to be honest, they all seem to refresh, tone, perk up and brighten up around the eyes.
Sephora Cuticle Pusher and Nipper
Easy to use, does the job, don’t press to hard (can cut yourself), why didn’t I buy it sooner!
What’s been your recent cosmetic find you can’t get enough of at the moment?!