Mostly Tryin’: Aztec Secret

https://aztec-secret.com/
The Worlds Most Powerful Facial?

I love a good face mask! There is something incredibly gratifying about slathering one’s face in goop whilst sipping on a glass of well-earned rosé. I have always preferred masks made of naturally occurring organic matter such as charcoal and clay. Generally, the mineral content is higher and they contain fewer nasties.

I am not entirely certain how I feel about the prospect of a “pulsating face” but if it’s good enough for Vogue magazine… x

https://aztec-secret.com/

Mostly Wearing: Rocking Reds

How red is too red?

As you may recall, I have something of an ongoing issue with the colour red. Hardly surprising you may say as in many cultures the colour red is possessed of an innate power to repel, so is it any wonder I approach red lipstick with all the caution of a plump gazelle draped in a meat-suit whilst taking a late-night stroll in the Serengeti?

Laura Mercier – Sexy Lips

But, friends this is a momentous day! It would seem that after years of dubious choices and mismatched palettes, I have finally found my preferred shade! Laura Mercier’s Sexy Lips sheer lipstick is just the right shade of blue-red for my skin tone with a hydrating satin finish which is refreshingly long-wearing. What more could a picky girl ask for? x

Mostly Lovin’: Megababe Bust Dust

As you may recall, I have been undertaking something of a health overhaul of late. This has included not only adapting to a Ketogenic diet but also increasing both the level and variety of exercise I undertake each day.

This current fitness spurt has led me to make a somewhat uncomfortable discovery shall we say? It is my feeling that in general, we as women do not share those tricky little issues we encounter in our daily lives be it the unavoidable indignities of the smear test, the unforeseen horrors of the menopause, the monthly impulse to permanently abandon one’s partner in the Sainsbury’s freezer aisle! Perhaps this is because as women, we are so often “troopers” – that is to say, we simply get on with it.

Well, I for one have a complaint! As anyone with a certain bust size can attest, the general up-lift and smooching together of the breasts attributed to the wearing of a sports bra often leads to major boob-sweat. (Yes, this is indeed “a thing”)! It’s uncomfortable and quite frankly makes me long for the days of my more modest cup size, that is until I discovered Bust Dust by Megababe. The brain-child of Katie Sturino, Bust Dust was born out of necessity and the distinct lack of options in terms of non-toxic, talc-free sweat absorbing powders on the market which help to prolong freshness.

What I really admire about Sturino’s entrepreneurial stance is her honest approach to the beauty industry. Open any fashion magazine and you will no doubt come across articles discussing the perfect summer scent or the best long wearing-foundations. How to cope with boob sweat in those balmy summer months is rarely discussed let alone how to abate the dreaded thigh chafe! Anyone who is…well…human should not be surprised to learn that sometimes skin meets skin and reactions occur. The only truly surprising issue here is that the beauty industry has yet to cotton on to this most basic of facts…

Megababe Bust Dust … Finally !

Mostly Lovin’: Rodin by Recine Olio Lusso Luxury Hair Oil

https://www.rodinoliolusso.com/product/19152/48226/products/rodin-by-recine-hair-oil/a-revitalizing-and-nourishing-hair-oil, https://www.spacenk.com/uk/en_GB/haircare/hair-treatment/hair-oil/rodin-by-recine-luxury-hair-oil-UK200020055.html

RODIN by RECINE Luxury Hair Oil

My hair is in distress. Parched, over-processed, fried distress. I have tried to ignore this vexatious fact but when your hair begins to mimic the texture of toasted straw it is time to take action. Enter Olio Lusso Luxury Hair Oil.

Having used the oil for just over a week, I have noticed a marked improvement both to hair and scalp. A “perfect blend of eight powerhouse oils, including sweet almond, jojoba, and sunflower oils”, this hard working oil can be used both to style, condition and tame unruly hair. My only complaint is the somewhat medicinal scent but can’t have it all I guess…

Mostly Lovin’: The Simple Things

https://wildatheart.com/

I have started to I keep a rose by my bed in a bid to remind myself to be grateful for life’s simple little pleasures… x

Mostly Lovin’: Glossier Soultion

https://www.glossier.com/, https://www.vforveronique.com/mostly-trying-glossier-body-hero-daily-perfecting-cream/

“Skin Perfecter” Indeed!

I’ve been using Glossier’s Solution for two months or so and I have to confess… I couldn’t be happier with the results! I wanted to wait an adequate amount of time before writing a review and I feel two months provides enough time for any changes (good or bad) to occur in the skin.
So I’ve just sprung open my third bottle of the Solution which I use once a day in the evening before bed. I saturate a cotton pad as instructed sweeping across my face. I like to swill mouthwash for a minute whilst allowing the solution to begin working it’s magic and before adding anything else. I then follow with the Allies of Skin 1A Overnight Mask.

Together this duo has transformed my somewhat temperamental complexion. Gone are the monthly breakouts, random dry patches are now few and far between and the overall texture of my skin is much more refined and soft to the touch. All in all it’s a big thumbs up from me. x

Mostly Lovin’: Oribe Côte d’Azur Parfum

https://www.spacenk.com/uk/en_GB/brands/o/oribe/?prefn1=department&prefv1=HAIR, https://w

I’m a huge fan of Oribe’s high end hair-care line. Not only does it contain some of the finest formulations and aesthetically pleasing packaging but the beautiful signature fragrance of lychee, edlerweisse flower, lemon, bergamot and sandalwood puts me in mind of long summer nights in Portofino or some such magical place…

My love affair with the brand began when I stumbled upon the Glaze for Beautiful Colour which I have to say is incredibly nourishing and even managed to impart a degree of luster to my chemically abused locks.
The fragrance can be used to perfume both skin and hair which is a bonus in my book! x

Cote D’Azur Candle

Mostly Trying: Glossier Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream

https://www.glossier.com/

Body Hero Perfecting Cream

I recently gave into the considerable hype and purchased Glossier Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream and so far so silky! I have been assured this baby-pink emulsion promises to deliver four results; it perfects and enhance the look of skin, tightens and smooths, increases skin’s elasticity, and provides all-day hydration.
I am a fan of the subtle opalescent hue which could so easily have been overdone but manages to add a delicate sheen which is flattering to most skin tones. The baby-fresh scent is an added but entirely welcome bonus. So that’s a silky thumbs up from V! Bisous

https://www.glossier.com/

Pearlescent & Enriching

Mostly Lovin’: Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

Bottoms Up!

I love Brazilian Bum Bum Cream from the bottom of my heart! (See what I did there)?! The scent alone of cupuaçu butter, açaí, mica and coconut oil is enough to make one want to slather it on from top to well…bottom. The key ingredient – Amazonian guaraná contains one of the most potent forms of caffeine which provides a tightening effect so hopefully my posterior is on the ascent as I type! Bisous

https://soldejaneiro.com/product/brazilian-bum-bum-cream/

Mostly Lovin’: Good Intentions

https://uk.caudalie.com/, https://www.imedeen.co.uk/,https://www.instagram.com/milliemackintosh/

Skincare Cocktail

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to do the wrong thing? I don’t mean pulling the wings off flies but rather failing to looking after oneself even though you know better.
For example, I currently have a fridge full of plumpcious fruit and vegetables, cupboards brimming with nuts and protein rich delights and yet somehow I find myself inexplicably drawn towards the remnants of the Christmas “naughty draw” where all manner of chocolaty temptations reside.
The funny thing is, I’ve never been a particularly big fan of chocolate, I can generally take it or leave it. It’s the salty indulgences which tend to hold my attention. Perhaps this question goes much deeper than whether or not we choose a wholesome or unhealthy snack but I often wonder why it is so much easier to do the wrong thing despite knowing better. Is it perhaps an unconscious desire to rebel against the constant and dare I say somewhat tiresome images of Instagrammers savouring “smashed” avocado on toast, Chia pudding and the like?

This New Years I made a quiet decision to do better if I know better. I have to admit, it hasn’t always been easy (or successful) but you know what practice makes… x