Summer Favourites: DIY COCONUT OIL – COFFEE GROUNDS – BROWN SUGAR FACE MASK:

Hello everyone! Today we are talking about a DIY skincare product; a lovely face mask with only 3 ingredients in it that are super cheap and easy to find.
 

So, get ready to pamper yourself  with this super easy DIY mask;  it is perfect to achieve a beautiful glowing skin without spending time and money at your local spa.

You will only need 3 natural ingredients that are really easy to find in your favorite grocery store or farmer market: coconut oil, brown sugar and coffee grounds.

 Here is the recipe:

1– Melt a teaspoon of coconut oil by putting it in a mug and then, for no less than 30 seconds, in the microwave;

2– Retrieve a teaspoon of coffee grounds from your coffee pot;

3Mix the coconut oil and the coffee grounds together in a small glass bowl;

4– Add a teaspoon of brown sugar;

5Mix everything together happily;

6Apply to the face and keep the mixture on for 15 minutes;

7– Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry.

Et voilà, you will have an amazing moisturizing/exfoliating face mask suitable for all skin types. In fact, the coconut oil is a lovely nourishing natural product; sugar is a brilliant natural exfoliant because it tends not to tear at the skin (like other stronger products); coffee grounds are awesome to bright your skin and wake up a dull-ish complexion.

Some words of advice:

 A) I prefer washing masks off with a warm and wet washcloth, instead of a plain and simple splash of water. I run a washcloth under lukewarm water, squeeze out the excess water and then gently wash off the mask in a circular motion. Washcloths are also brilliant for exfoliating.

B) If you don’t particularly like the slightly “greasy” sensation that coconut oil naturally leaves on your face, you can use a gentle cleanser to remove it after, of course, you have rinse off all the mixture of the mask. 

C) I would recommend staying right on your bathroom sink while you put this mask on, because otherwise the coffee grains will spread everywhere, even on your cloths, so be careful.

 I love to apply this mask before an event or a night out as it gets my skin glowing.

 Plus the smell of coffee and coconut oil blended together? OMG, heavenly!

Have you already tried this DIY mask or are you tempted to frantically search for the ingredients throughout your kitchen cabinets right now and try it ASAP? I really like it, so I would love to know your thoughts about it!

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Summer Favourites: 3 Refreshing and Soothing Spritz Toners:

Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it is a skincare day review, because we are going to talk about spray mists/toners. 🙂

Who are they for?

Everyone who wants a good refreshing, soothing and hydrating mist to spry onto the skin whenever and wherever they like during these hot summer days. Also, everyone who wants something light to replace their usual creamy, but heavy (for the summer) moisturizer.

What’s good about them?

They are all beautiful and effective spritz toners. Amazing to refresh, soothe and calm your irritated or overheated skin. Perfects must have products for this hot summer!

Caudalie Organic Grape Water:

Its gentle, alcohol and fragrance-free formula contains only 100% organic grape water (according to Caudalie, the water is extracted directly from grapes in Bordeaux).

This is an amazing soothing and refreshing spritz toner, with the dual power to both lightly increase hydration and reduce sensitivity. It is suitable for every skin types.

How do you use it? Should you spray this on throughout the day or use it over makeup? That’s more a personal preference than a necessity; I prefer to use this on my bare skin as a toner after cleansing, or to refresh and calm the skin throughout these hot summer days. You can also use it as a replacement to your usual creamy moisturizer throughout the next hot and humid Summer months.

Also, the spritzer gives the most perfect light mist of product, which absorbs quickly leaving your skin feeling instantly refreshed and lightly hydrated.

-You can buy it here.

Eau Thermale Avène: 

Its exceptional mineral composition and power to treat sensitive, dry or irritated skin have made the fragrance free Avène Thermal Water a legendary product. The pH of this water is close to neutral, and is bacteriologically pure; moreover, the low mineral content contains indispensable trace elements as well as silica, which leaves a soothing barrier over the skin. In conclusion, it is an amazing, multipurpose, simple but effective water! In fact, it works to comfort a range of everyday skin irritations including sunburn, razor burn, facial redness, itching, post-depilatory irritation, eczema and even nappy rash. However, it is suitable and provides essential care for all skin types.

What exactly do you use it for? The answer is everything, so, again, it is more a personal preference than a necessity. My favourites uses are:

Throughout the day, especially during spring/summer months, since this water creates an invisible layer of mist which refresh and sooth your skin providing a long lasting relief.

Keep it in the fridge and spray over your face when you feel an uncomfortable and overheated sensation on your skin.

– Spray onto burns and shaving rash to immediately soothe and calm them.

I love it and I would definitely recommend this water spray, it’s really a must have product! 

-You can buy it here.

Tony Moly Pocket Bunny Moist Mist:

 Firts of all, this spray mist comes in a ridiculously cute and lovely packaging!

Second, it smells amazing, fruity and fresh, and oh so summer-ish.

Last, but not least, it easily fits in your purse, backpack, etc…, so it’s perfect to use when you are out and about during these hot summer days/nights.  

This face mist is infused with a blend of fruit extracts, including aloe, to help hydrating dry or tired skin. So, this mist will give you a long lasting moist barrier throughout the day, and also a fresh and light summer fragrance. 

How do you use it? Should you spray this on throughout the day or use it over makeup? Again, it’s up to you, which one you’ll prefer, it would be right. I prefer to use this on my bare skin as a toner after cleansing.

•Bonus Point: the container is also reusable and/or refillable!

What’s not so good about it?

It contains denatured alcohol, which has the potential to cause skin irritations. So, avoid contact with eyes and cease to use it if signs of irritation and/or rash appear. (P.S.: I’ve been using it for about a month now, and I don’t have had any problems so far).

– You can buy it here or here.

What’s not so good about them?

Nothing really! They are all awesome spritz toners, and an instant boost for your skin. Also, the application of them can arise that ‘ahhhhh’ and “WOW” sensation that leaves your skin (and yourself) satisfied. They are a must have for the summer!

Final thoughts! 

I really like these kind of products, they are so easy to use, effective and can be applied in a blink of an eye! I especially love taking these away with me in my purse, when I’m out and about in the city or on vacation, to use them whenever I want or need! 

Have you ever tried a spritz toner? If so, which is your favourite? Mine is obviously the Avène Thermal Water!

Final Vote:

           

 5on5 stars 

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Review of Neve Cosmetics Pastello Pencils and Manga Brow Eyebrow Pencil:

 Hello everyone! 🙂 Today it is a makeup day review, so we are going to talk about the Pastello Pencils and the Manga Brow Pencil from Neve Makeup Cosmetics. 🙂  

Who is it for? 

Everyone who wants creamy, matte, long lasting and very pigmented lips/eyes/brows pencils that also have an outstanding quality, are really affordable and suitable for vegans. 

What’s good about it? 

I have used Neve Cosmetics Pastello Pencils for almost 2 years now and I love them; they are really amazing!

Their formula is natural and silicones, petrolatum and parabens free. They are also cruelty-free and suitable for vegans.

I have the Pastello Eyeliner Liquirizia/Black, which is a classic deep black pencil with a matte finish. This pencil is perfect to use as a classic eye pencil, eyeliner or as a base to create a great smokey eyes makeup. It has a slightly creamy texture that blends on smoothly on your eyelids with a matte color finish that lasts throughout the day/night without bleeding!

I also have the Pastello Lipcolor Pencils in Sfilata/Amaranth, Confetto/Lilac, Pianeta/Purple and Coccinella/Pink. This lip pencils also have a slightly creamy texture that blends on evenly on the lips with a matte finish that sets instantly and won’t budge all day/night long. Moreover, these pencils do a great job keeping lipsticks from bleeding outside the lip lines, and when applied as a base coat to the lips, they also help your lipstick last longer, even through lunch, brunch, dinner, aperitif, night drink, afternoon tea etc. etc. 😉

They are also amazing used on their own as a lip color, but if you like to wear them as a lip color I would recommend applying a good lip balm underneath because they can be quite drying. [You can read a post about my favourite lip balms here].

The shade range is great and includes various tones that complement most lipstick colors.

I also love the Neve Cosmetics Pastello Pencils because, thanks to their natural formula, you can use them everywhere on your skin, on your eyes and on your lips… you can truly unleash your makeup creativity! 🙂

For example, I often use the eye pencils on the lips under a coordinated lipstick; they do an amazing job as well and last all day/night! 😉 

Last, but not least, for my brows I use the great Neve Cosmetics Manga Brow Eyebrow Pencil. They are double-ended wooden pencils with two colors, one light and the other darker, and a spoolie brush to draw and tame the eyebrows. I love this Manga Brow Pencil because is perfect to create full eyebrows that look natural, plus is easy to use, affordable and long lasting. First I go for the lighter color to draw the shape of my eyebrow, then I use the darker color to add definition and fill in the empty areas using light strokes. Last I comb my eyebrows with the included brow brush. I have this one in the shade warm blonde and soft brown, but they come in 5 different shades suitable for all eyebrows tones. 

•You can buy them here.

*unfortunately some of the shades I have mentioned in this post are no longer available, so sorry! But you can choose similar colors from the new collection.  

What’s not so good about it?

Nothing, really! The quality of these pencils is amazing, the formula is vegan and they are also low-cost; a really beauty bargain! The only “negative” point about this products is that you will have to sharpen them with a lip pencil sharpener after a couple of applications. That means that some product is wasted each time you sharpen them, but it is really a minor issue thanks to the low and affordable price of these products.

Final thoughts! 

If you are looking for low-cost lips/eyes/brows pencils that have a good quality and long lasting properties look no further, these are perfect. I promise you want be disappointed! Note to myself: buy soon other shades of these amazing pencils! 😉

Final Vote:

5on 5 stars 

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Ingredients:

Black: Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Cera Carnauba, Olus Oil, Candelilla Cera, Mica, Sesamum Indicum Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, C.I. 77499, C.I. 77891.

Purple: Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, C10-18 Triglycerides, Mica, Olus Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Candelilla Cera, Sesamum Indicum Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, C.I. 15850, C.I. 77891, C.I. 42090.

Amaranth: Octyl Dodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, C10 – 18 Triglycerides, Olus Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Candelilla Cera, Sesamum Indicum Oil, Mica, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, CI 15850, CI 77891, CI 42090.

Pink: Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, C10-18 Triglycerides, Olus Oil, Mica, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Candelilla Cera, Sesamum Indicum Oil,Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbic Acid, CI 77891, CI15850, CI 19140.

Manga Brows: Mica, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, C10-18 Triglycerides, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Olus Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Candelilla Cera, Sesamum Indicum Oil, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocopherol. May contain (+/-): C.I. 77891, C.I. 77491, C.I. 77492, C.I. 77499.

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