Beauty: on my bathroom shelf

02/08/2011

Bar Rafaeli in Elle Russia March 2008
I must admit, I’m very minimalistic when it comes to skin care. My rules are simple: take care of the skin from within before turning all the attention to the army of beauty helpers and pick the ones containing no parabens, not a single drop.

Still, I do enjoy trying and discovering new things as well as keeping the old favourites nearby and since I now have a list different from the one I posted back in January, it’s time to write a post and share.

1. Korres Wild Rose 24-hour moisturiser for brightening and illuminating, SPF 6. This cream contains wild rose oil known for its ability to tone the skin, prevent wrinkles, heal scars and reduce or prevent inflammations. I absolutely love the rich texture that somehow feels really light on the skin and the fact that this cream comes in a glass jar and is free from parabens, mineral oils, silicone and propylene glycol. Priced at £19 for 40g jar that lasts for at least 2 months, it’s cost budget friendly. I use this cream at night and this one, also by Korres, in the morning.

2. Korres Evening Primrose Oil eye cream contains primrose oil, vitamin C and zinc that help to prevent and reduce first wrinkles as well as illuminate the skin around the eyes. The tub is HUGE for an eye cream and I only use a rice-size amount that’s enough for both eyes. RRP £22.50 for 30ml.

3. Korres Milk Proteins 3-in-1 cleanser. I bought this one to try and see how I get on with a creamy cleanser as I don’t often go for this texture and prefer gels. However, I’ve been very happy with it so far – it removes daily dirt, make-up (including eye make-up) and tones at the same time. It’s also a good product for those who prefer not to use water on their face as the cleanser can be left on. Personally, I remove the excess with a cotton wool and then rinse my face with warm water. RRP £14.00 for 200ml.

4. My Nuxe Masque Doux aux 3 Roses white clay mask also contains rose oil as well as 17 other active ingredients that purify the skin. Although I wasn’t too keen on its fragrance to begin with, the texture was incredibly delicate and creamy. It didn’t dry my skin out either, so I could use it all over my face, not just the T-zone. Frankly, I can’t fault any of the Nuxe products. I’ve used them for ages and am likely to switch back to the creams and cleansers at some point.

5. Margaret Dabbs Exfoliating Foot Mousse scrub is one of the two products you would ever need to keep your feet baby soft and beautiful. I bought it back in spring and fell in love after the first use. You need a very small amount of the product that you massage into your feet before jumping in a shower. Use it once every few days and you’ll be the happiest (and pretties) girl ever. RRP £15.00 for 100ml.

review - korres, nuxe, kevin murphy, margaret dabbs, balance me / via fashioned by love
6. Margaret Dabbs Hydrating food treatment is a delicate cream that you can use after the scrub or on its own on a daily basis. You need 1 pump to work on both feet, so the bottle lasts ages. I really love the light citronella fragrance, too. RRP £25.00 for 200ml. The best of the best of the best foot cream ever.

7. Balance Me Rose Otto body wash was a freebie that came with a September issue of Red magazine last week. It’s just lovely… It smells like a mixture of sweets and rose petals and feels really moisturising on the skin. RRP £8.00 for 125ml or just buy the magazine this month.

8. Sanctuary Body Scrub is gentle enough to be used daily. I bought it because it was affordable (£5.10 for 200ml), paraben-free and contained neroli oil that I adore. I was more than pleased with the product because not only it left my skin feeling really soft as if it was actually moisturised, but also because of its fragrance. It smells pretty much the same as Dune by Christian Dior, so if you use this perfume, you can easily combine the two.

9. Once everything was polished and moisturised, I prettify my tootsies with a touch of  OPI Clubbing Til Sunrise – one of the varnishes I use on a regular basis. It’s a beautiful orange shade that shimmers and looks absolutely beautiful with tan sandals.

10. My hair routine remained the same for months now. I got back to my Kevin Murphy Balancing Wash Shampoo as this one can be used daily (it smells of lavender, by the way), followed by Kevin Murphy Hydrate-Me Rinse Conditioner. I honestly cannot recommend Kevin Murphy products highly enough – they work, contain natural oils and extract and smell heavenly. I love every single one of them and buy professional size bottles these days, which ensures that I have plenty available and also saves some money.

What about you? Any beauty discoveries or old favourites that you would never get tired of? Please do share.

Photo source: Bar Rafaeli in Elle Russia March 2008

21 comments:

  1. I share your minimalistic view on skin care. I prefer to watch what I eat and to drink a lot of water. And there are a few essentials I can't do without: Skincode moisturiser, Elmiplant Bioten make-up remover with honey and thyme(a Romanian brand produced also for the French market, the best make-up remover I've ever tried, also without parabens), Body Shop body wash and Nivea body milk. For smooth hand skin I've learned a natural trick: dip your hands in honey for half an hour once a week. The results are incredible. xoxo

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  2. Great post!

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  3. @classiq: Ada, thanks for the honey tip! I'll definitely give it a try. And I've got to look up the Skincode.
    x

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  4. Great post! I always love knowing new products, and knowing what other people have and what works for them!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I love this type of post! Love products, I definitely will be trying some of them! Thanks for your comment on my blog :)... Ps clubbing til sunrise is such a great name for a nail polish

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  6. thanks for sharing, im pretty minimalistic myself :)

    xxx,

    Fashion Fractions

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  7. I am just like you when it comes to skincare. I am obsessed about all natural clean skincare so I don't have to lean on makeup to make me look better. I use Boscia, John Masters and Shea Terra right now. Will put up a reviw sometime soon. :)

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    Heel in Mint

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  8. Nice to get to know new products. I'd like to check out the Korres moisturizer.

    I'm pretty minimalistic. There was a time when I made all my creams by myself with essential oils but the base cream was always a thinker.

    Have to admit that I haven't been paying much attention to the paraben thing. Guess I'll have to read the ingredients of the stuff I've got. But I remember that I bookmarked this page a long time ago where one cannot look up the stuff one's using to see if it's OK or not: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

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  9. Great post! How do you like the Korres Evening Primrose Oil eye cream? I have darkness under my eyes sometimes and it really makes me look like a drag lol!

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  10. Mmm... I really enjoyed this post. Interesting stuff. x

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  11. @BeLigher: thank you, sweetie! I'm glad it was useful. x

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  12. @DesFruitsrouges: yes, the nail varnish name is tempting on its own. :) And OPI is great when it comes to naming their products - always feels sort of girly, flirty and fab. x

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  13. @Neris: thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you liked the post. x

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  14. @Heel in Mint: oh I can't wait to see your post about beauty products - always interesting to discover new things. I've heard of (and was pretty tempted by) John Masters, so any thought on this one would be welcomed. :) x

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  15. @LatteLisa: I only began looking into paraben thing a couple of years ago. There was a research that I had to read while completing my nutrition therapy course that showed evidence of parabens being found in breast tissue of most women diagnosed/treated with cancer. Since then I avoid it 100%. I think, cosmetics are like food - it's essential to read the labels and go for the most natural things.
    x

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  16. @Anne: I really enjoy using the eye cream, but cannot really comment on the dark circles as I don't have them. I've heard that some people really liked Estee Lauder eye cream to deal with it, plus, being a nutritionist, I'd suggest that you look into your diet to make sure you eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits to maintain good levels of antioxidants, drink plenty of fresh water daily, avoid alcohol and cigarettes and get plenty of sleep - usual things, really, but sometimes good to remember them all. If your dark circles don't disappear once you've done everything above, do consult a doctor and have a blood test to check your nutritional status and iron levels.
    x

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  17. its so good to get tips on new skin products... sometimes I want to try new things but it seems like all the girls around me (and me) use the same things and we don't dare to try.

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  18. Интересно почитать было, жаль не все понимала.

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  19. @StyleID: glad it was interesting and useful.:) x

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  20. @Elena: Len, esli nuzhni detali na russkom, napishi, ya perevedu to, chto interesno. x

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  21. Тоже не все поняла) Но спасибо за пост. Люблю такие обзоры - все маст-хевы в одном месте)

    Из всего у нас представлены только Korres и Nuxe.

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