January Beauty Finds

I can’t believe it’s February! January flew by and dragged out. Does anyone else have months like that?

My latest ‘obsession’ is Korean cosmetics and for good reason. Since I’ve discovered Miin and Missha here, Sephora hasn’t had much of a look in. Korean skincare is years ahead of Western skincare and the packaging is much cuter!

I have 3 requirements when it comes to cosmetics and skincare. Number 1, no animal testing! Number 2 no animal ingredients that I’m aware of apart from honey and beeswax. I’m a vegan, but I eat honey. Number 3, no nasty ingredients like parabens, SLS, petrochemicals etc. I prefer more natural products, thought with make up this can be tricky, so I go with what I can get. My skin’s a combination, oily and dry.

Etude House Drawing Show, Brush Liner Eyeliner, BlackEtude House Drawing Show, Brush Liner Eyeliner

What I love about this eyeliner is it’s application. I’m not the best at applying eyeliner. One eye goes fine, the other I have to even out the two eyes. I can never seem to get eyeliner on the water line and make it stay there (or even get it on the water line!). This pen I can work with to get it as close and fine to the waterline just above the eyelashes. I like the liner a little thicker on the outer eye and this can get the thickness. The application’s smooth, if I make boo boo, it doesn’t try immediately so I have a few seconds to do my best to sort it out without much smudging. It also doesn’t as I’ve noticed with eyeliners (maybe this is how I apply it. I slant the pen) affect mascara. I’ve noticed the lashes are coated in eyeliner with the mascara clumping even with an eyelash comb. This doesn’t do this! If I want it longer lasting, I apply black eyeshadow as a liner over the top. It also lasts through workouts! Etude House Drawing Show, Brush Liner Eyeliner

Tony Moly Cat Wink Clear Pact #2Tony Moly Cat Wink Clear Pact

I featured this in Weekend Friday Favourites a few weeks ago, but I found out I was using it incorrectly. I’d been using the a kabuki brush which was okay. 2 weeks ago, while I was waiting for it to dry, I used the puff that came with it that I’d left in as a shock absorber in case I dropped it. The difference between using a brush and a puff was immediate. Smoother application and longer lasting between touch ups. I mentioned this to the girl in Miin who said, doh, you use the puff not a brush! My excuse, I’ve always read apply powder with a brush! When I have used powder and puff previously, it’s clogged as I’ve tried to soak up the shine. But then this from Korea and they know a thing or about oily skin and powders. I should mention that this is a translucent powder!Tony Moly Cat Wink Clear Pact

Dear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin DropDear Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

I used this as a morning serum. It felt at first a little drying, but since I’ve been using an essence underneath, it feels better. Pre essence I did notice a difference with lines and general texture. Post essence my skin loves it! It’s a little expensive, but is lasts about 2-3 months so the price isn’t so bad spread out. I love that helps protect my skin from pollution and UV damage, helps with skin tone and texture while simulating collagen!

Missha LoveSecret Hand CreamMissha LoveSecret Hand Cream

Aside from the cute packaging that may have incited me, what I love about this is that they’re perfect handbag size! They’re quick absorbing, non greasy and have been helping me fight my chapped hands!

Sephora Kiss Me, Pink Bubble Gum balm/glossSephora Kiss Me, Pink Bubble Gum

This gives that just barely there colour more than a lip balm, smells like bubble gum and best bit, isn’t sticky.

Missha Sheet MasksMissha Sheet Masks

Firstly I can’t believe the price of these compared to Sephora’s own and they do a better job (because they’re Korean!). Sephora’s own sheet masks are €3.95 each. These are €1.99! The sheet mask itself is a lot thicker than other masks I’ve tried and after working my way through those without parabens, my skin loves the rice, lotus and mango. You apply them after cleansing, toning and serum and before cream. Basically the sheet stops ingredients from evaporating before they can do their job. They are best done alone but they’re worth the 20 minutes of looking like an horror movie extra. At the moment with cold air outside and warm air indoors, they’ve been helping adding extra hydration for brighter skin. I can’t wait for the summer to pop one in the fridge before applying and feel my face cool down!

The Little Book of Skin Care, Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin, Charlotte ChoThe Little Book of Skin Care, Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin, Charlotte Cho

If you get excited walking into Sephora, Boots, CVS, John Lewis Beauty hall or any beauty hall for that matter, you’ll get excited reading this! Admittedly I’m only 1/2 way through after finding it in Urban Outfitters last week. Something said go in and I’m glad I did. Charlotte Cho an American Korean who grew up anti beauty products moved to Korea for a few years, only to return to the US to get her esthetician licence. I think that says it all about Korean skincare. Western skincare or cosmetics is about contouring, covering up blemishes, removing shine then applying highlighters, matte skin, heavy make up. Korean skincare is the opposite. It’s about having such radiaten skin, you don’t need much make up. Which explains why in Miin, they have more skin care products than make up. 1/2 way through reading and everything clicked. Why wasn’t this book around 20 years ago? I needed it back then! I have been doing for years what she preaches the most, wearing SPF. That I have been doing right!The Little Book of Skin Care, Korean Beauty Secrets for Healthy, Glowing Skin, Charlotte Cho

2 days after only getting 1/4 way through and okay, sneakily reading ahead, I was in Miin looking at essence, night masks, different cleansers and in the supermarket looking for an Italian exfoliating cloth (I went with a sisal exfoliating glove). It’s only been a week and I’m already noticing a huge difference. My skin feels hydrated, looks healthier from following the advice. The best bit, a glow during the day instead of oil shine. My existing cleanser, toner, night cream and SPF I’m still be using and appear to be working happily with the new editions. Emphasis is the right products, not who endorses it, whether it’s expensive. Expensive doesn’t always mean it works better than a cheaper product. I wish I could phrase the review more eloquently. Basically if you’re a beauty junkie, I can’t recommend it enough! She also has her own online store, Soko Glam selling products in the US. In Europe, there’s Miin!

Have your tried any Korean Skin care products? What’s your latest cosmetics obsession?!

October Beauty Finds

Daylight saving ended a week ago and I’m already being caught out with sunset at 6pm. 5pm comes and and I suddenly realise there´s less than 1 hour until it gets dark. Where did the day go? It’s no secret I don’t like shorter days. Christmas with all it’s lights (can you believe in less than 8 weeks it´s Christmas then 9 weeks until the New Year?) should be at the end of January, the longest coldest month as the Christmas lights brighten up the short days and long dark evenings. That’s if it ever gets chilly here. This month’s been unusually warm. It feels like everyone’s on standby for the cold to start. But if you live in the Southern Hemisphere, you’re heading into Summer. Lucky ducks!

I have just 3 requirements when it comes to skin care and cosmetics products. Not tested on animals, as natural as possible, no parabens, SLS, petrochemicals etc and containing no animal ingredients      I’m aware of (some get through, I eat honey, so if it has beeswax, I can´t complain). With cosmetics the last 2 can be tricky, so I go with what I can find!

Tangle Teezer, The Original. Professional Detangling Hairbrush for Wet and Dry hairTangle Teezer The Original

I’ve been using Tangle Teezer´s travel wet and dry detangling brush throughout the summer after dips in the sea and loved it. My at home hairbrush needed replacing so I opted for The Original Tangle Teezer. It’s very kind and gentle getting out the tangles from cycling, with few split ends. I usually brush my hair before washing it, then go comb with a wide tooth comb afterwards. I’ve yet to use this one on wet hair after showering, but having been caught in the rain and using this, it’s kind to wet hair and tangles. Comb and tangles not so nice. When I brush out the tangles at the end of the day, it doesn’t puff up my hair like other brushes, which is always a good thing! It’s palm friendly, so it’s easy to use right or left handed. The original Tangle Teezer

H&M Beauty, Nail Polish Flamingo FlushH&M Nail Polish Flamingo Flush

I love this polish! I can’t say what it´s like in the summer with suncream (I only paint my toes and at the beach slap suncream on everywhere, which you should be doing! However suncream has a tendency to stain everything. Nail polish included), but it’s kept it’s shine and not chipped. The price is nice too €4.99, plus I love the cool names H&M give their polishes! I like it so much I got 2 more colours, Milky Tea (nod to being British) and Peachy Keen (nod to the Pink Ladies and one of my all time favourite movies!)H&M Beauty, Nail Polish

H&M Beauty, Brush Cleanser SprayH&M Brush Cleaner Spray

I usually clean my brushes every 1-2 weeks with Dr Bronner Unscented Pure Castile Liquid Soap. Now it’s getting cooler, the powder brush takes ages to air dry completely before I can use (I’ve been known to use a hairdryer on it!). I thought this would help avoid waiting 15 hours or more for it to air dry. It works, but it’s more like dry shampoo and wet wipes, a quick fix until I can clean them throughly. I was’t too keen on the smell with the brushes not feeling as clean as with Dr Bronner. But in a pinch it’s great!

Lemon WaterHot Lemon

Since I was sick a month ago (I swear coffee made me worship the porcelain god), I’ve hardly had any coffee, save the odd cup or 2. Instead I’ve replaced my morning coffee with hot lemon water and afternoon coffee with peppermint tea, the only dietary changes I’ve made recently. I suffer from cystic acne and when lady’s holiday arrived, I didn’t have one cyst spot! That made me think, I’ve hardly had any spots aside blackheads recently. A quick Google search, revealed coffee can cause acne! I haven’t had any withdrawal symptoms (headaches) from not having any coffee and I feel cleaner and lighter for not running on it! I even crave lemon water first thing now! I’m not saying adieu to coffee, just see you later as I’ll still have a cup or 2 every now and then!

Coffee, tea or lemon water before you can take to anyone in the mornings? What are your latest beauty finds and tricks?