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Summer essentials

summer essentials
Happy Monday everyone!! Four more days of work and back on holidays woo hoo! Ever since I got back from the US, the weather has been pretty cold. Even winter in LA is warmer than our summer. Although, I am complaining about our cold weather, I still prefer it over really hot days like this Thursday (expected high of 40 degrees). So I thought I would talk about some of the summer essentials products or things that I’ll be using this summer.
summer essentials
Moisturiser with SPF

During summer, I always look for a moisturiser with SPF in it. That way you know you are protected even if you forget to use sunscreen when you go out. The Ultraceuticals Ultra Protective Daily Moisturiser* is a lightweight and non greasy moisturiser that keeps my face hydrated and moisturised. A pump of the moisturiser is usually enough to cover my entire face. My face has been quite dry lately and the Ultraceuticals Ultra Protective Daily Moisturiser has been doing a pretty good job at keeping it hydrated.
summer essentials
Hair removal

Summer = shorts or skirts = need to shave/wax. I remember back in high school when I first started waxing, I would drip wax everywhere and burned myself when I accidentally over heated the wax. It was one BIG mess, I tell ya. I eventually stopped waxing because it was too much of a hassle and moved onto other forms of hair removal. Recently, I was given a chance to try out the Veet easywax roll on*. This baby is sooo easy to use and no more mess! I was kinda scared of rolling the hot wax onto my legs but to my surprise, the temperature was just right. Not too hot to burn my skin but hot enough to melt the wax. The wax application was very easy and applies an even layer every time. If you love waxing, then you got to try this out.
summer essentials
Sunscreen
This should be no surprise. If you’re an outdoorsy person, this is particularly important to you. Sunscreen should be always worn, whether you are going out for 5 mins or 5 hours. Sun exposure causes sunburn, premature skin aging (wrinkles!!) and skin cancer. Make sure you apply sunscreen 30 mins before heading out, this will help your skin absorb the sunscreen. The Neutrogena Beach Defence* sunscreen makes applying so easy by just spraying on. The best thing I love about this sunscreen (apart from protecting me from the sun) is the scent! It smells so deliciously good.

Water
Hydration in summer is very important. I always drink heaps of water to prevent dehydration plus there are no calories. Before I leave the house, I always put a bottle of water into my bag. Two reasons for doing that: 1. I’m stingy, water is expensive in Australia and 2. I’m more likely to drink more water when it’s in my bag.

Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is very good for sunburnt skin because of its well-known healing properties. Aloe Vera contains a lot of good stuff such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes. So if you are sunburnt, just slap a bunch of aloe on.

Hat
It was only last summer when I was out in the sun for a long period of time, I realised how important it was to wear a hat. My scalp got burnt! I thought it was dandruff at the start but soon realised it was peeling from being sunburnt. So now when I know I’ll be outside for a while, I put on a hat.

Blotting paper
My face gets quite oily in summer so I like to carry blotting paper with me to remove the extra shine. I got these Hello Kitty blotting paper from Daiso. I haven’t tried these yet. I’ve used the blotting paper from The Body Shop and they were quite good.

What are your summer essentials?

Products marked with * was provided for consideration. This has not influenced my opinion in any way.

 

Winter Skincare Favourites


winter skincare favourites
Today I’ll be talking about the winter skincare favourites I use during the cooler months. As the weather changes, I also like to change up my skincare range to match the weather. Here are 6 items I’m loving this winter:

Apivita Express Beauty with Cucumber
In winter, I like to use a hydration mask once a week because my skin doesn’t quite get all the hydration it needs from my moisturiser. I’ve been loving Apivita Express Beauty Masks. They are great if you’re like me who changes new products and are not committed to buying a big bottle that you might use 2 or 3 times. I bought this from Priceline and they came with 2 sachets which are very travel friendly. Each sachet has more than enough to cover your entire face, you can even use a sachet twice but I usually like to apply it on really thick. As the mask is drying, there is a slight cooling sensation, I found it a little strange at the start but I’m actually quite used to it now. My two favourite masks from Apivita are the Prickly Pear and Cucumber.

Neutrogena Body Moisturizer*
I use Neutrogena Body Moisturizer straight after the shower, I find that it absorbs extremely well right after a bath or shower. This product has a mild floral fragrance and I was quite surprised at how amazing it smelled. The following morning when I woke up, my legs were slightly sticky but not too bad. The moisturiser itself really helps to reduce dryness on my arms and legs.

L’Occitane Hand Cream
This is my favourite hand cream for the last few months. I’ve been using this product throughout the day and my hands feel instantly soft and smooth. After I started using it, my hands no longer feel tight or dry.This hand cream is not sticky or greasy (can’t stand slippery hands). I am not surprised that this is one of L’Occitane’s best sellers!

Rosehip Plus Skin Boost Roll on*
I can’t believe someone has finally thought to make a roll on! I used to find the glass bottles quite delicate to handle and they were not travel friendly at all. The compact size of the packaging means it is very travel friendly and you can target specific areas you want such as around the nose and under the eyes. The roll on ball helps control the amount of product that comes out, I know when I used to use the dropper, I used a lot more product than I should have. Rosehip oil is great in winter since it can help reduce dry patches and scars whilst improving skin hydration.

Neutrogena Foot Cream*
I have to admit, I normally don’t really put much effort into my feet. In fact, I don’t really care about them :(. I got onto the Neutrogena Foot Cream when the lovely PR at Neutrogena sent me a care package which contained this product. Ever since I started using it, I’ve been hooked! I use this product when I’m sitting in front of the tv at home after work. It will work better if you put it on right after the shower but I always forget. My heels are not cracked or anything, they are actually in decent condition but in winter they do feel a tad dry. By using a small amount I started to notice my heels feeling softer. As my heels are not cracked, I can’t comment if it will help you with it (sorry). This product is greasy and I would recommend to use it at night and wear a sock so that it helps the product to absorb better.

Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Serum*
Dermalogica never fails to impress me, it is one of my all time favourite brands. The Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Serum is from their Age Smart range. This range helps to prevent premature aging, fine lines and wrinkles. As I’m approaching 30, I really need to start thinking about prevention. Most people start earlier but I was in denial for a while. The serum is light and velvety, and has a matte finish. After using it for a 3 months, I have noticed my complexion being brighter and smoother.

Do you change your skincare routine based on the weather?

Products denoted with * was provided for consideration. I was not obligated to blog about them but chose to because the products are awesome. The L’Occitane Hand Cream was initially provided to me however since finishing the tube, I have purchased another.

 

Neutrogena Naturals Giveaway

I have some good news today! Neutrogena has kindly offered to giveaway a Neutrogena Naturals Range prize pack to a reader of Beauty and Things! I previously blogged about the launch of the Neutrogena Naturals Range here. I have read many good reviews on the range and I’m sure you’ll love it!
Neutrogena natural giveaway

The pack contains:

  • Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser
  • Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover
  • Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub
  • Neutrogena Naturals Face and Body Bar
  • Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm

To win this fabulous prize, all you have to do is tell me in 25 words or less “What is your usual skincare routine?” (extra entries for liking my facebook page or following me on twitter).

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  • One entry per household
  • If you are under 18yrs old, please make sure you get your parents permission
  • Winner will be chosen by me and an email will be sent to the winner
  • Winner must respond within 2 days or a new winner is selected
  • Giveaway ends on the 31st of May at 5pm Melbourne time
  • Winner will be announced on this post – please check back
  • I will not be held responsible for lost or damaged mail
  • Beauty & Things reserve the right to change the terms of this giveaway at any time

Good luck my lovely readers 🙂

 And the winner is……. wendiie!! Congratulations, I’ll be sending you an email shortly!!!

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