Skin bore! Feat. turmeric

Yes, I am a skin bore. I am a true obsessive about supplements, vitamins, superfoods! I’ll read anything about the correlation between probiotics and foods and good skin.

But my ride or die is turmeric. Today I’d love to share with you a mask that I discovered online. It was shared by Michelle Ranavat, who owns a natural skincare line.

So … without further ado … my new favourite DIY mask!

turmeric mask

Natural skin treat.

You’ll need

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 tablespoon honey

Few drops of lemon juice

Then?

Then mix it up into a fine, beautiful and fragrant paste and leave it on your skin for 10-15 minutes.

I left it on while doing housework and it still felt expensive and luxurious. Well, it’s basically liquid gold. Turmeric is full of good bits, it’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Honey is antibac and soothing. Lemon brightens and disinfects but it’s a powerful astringent so I’d never put it directly on my skin, or at least without diluting it.

Be careful – turmeric stains everything! I take no responsibility for any yellow skin/fabric/hair/furniture that may result from trying this beautiful treatment BUT I will take credit for your new glow.

It can leave pale gals a little yellow but I then gently scrubbed with a damp washcloth and some coconut oil. I genuinely felt like I’d had a spa treatment. All while doing the hoovering!

It even took the pain out of a very slowly healing wound on my cheek, caused by cystic acne. And helped it form the protective barrier I’d been waiting for my skin to do by itself … clearly needed some help!

I’ll be doing this in the lead-up to the festive season, when I want my skin to look its best. Apparently you can do it twice each week. It seems to be based on the Indian haldi mask, which is what those beautiful, glowing brides use before their ceremonies. A more traditional mask could include sandalwood (although, now sadly unsustainable) and flour, almond oil, milk or rosewater.

Related – I think Indian brides are the most beautiful creatures! Flowers! Dancing! Beauty treatments! More colour, I say, is a good thing.

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O(dour) Naturale

One of the most obvious ways to go clean and cruelty-free (sorry, buzzwords) is switching deodorant.

While there aren’t any conclusive claims that deodorant = cancer etc, I still wasn’t happy with using something that I knew was tested on animals (looking at you Dove and Nivea) and was full of chemicals. The armpit is full of lymph nodes so I didn’t feel comfortable knowing that parabens, triclosan, aluminium and other bits were lurking in my (not-very-effective) $3 stick from the supermarket.

New-ish research also suggests that aluminium deodorants can kill off healthy bacteria living in your armpit that actually keep your body in check.

(Related: how gross is the word armpit?)

Anyway, it was just down to personal choice and I wanted to try something I knew was made out of less scary stuff.

First, I switched to Agent Nateur & Shiva Rose Holi Rose, which was gorgeous and effective but a little expensive for a month’s worth of deodorant. But again I must stress it worked really well! I’d love to use it again and I am sure I will.

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Courtesy: Agent Nateur.

However what I hadn’t researched correctly was the transition period. Thanks to Into The Gloss here for a really great article I wish I’d read first!

I had been using big brand deodorant for about 15 years so was not prepared for what happened in the next three or so weeks, as my body got used to not being glued up with chemicals.

TL;DR: You will sweat heaps and it will smell if you don’t bring your deo with you! But I didn’t cave and go back to cheap roll-on because the end game was to detox myself from mass-produced deodorant. I took Weleda’s wild rose spray deodorant to top it up during the day. It smells gorgeous but I found didn’t work very effectively for me as an all day deodorant. Especially if you live somewhere quite warm.

I then went to Lavanila which smells great and works pretty well, but in the end I found that Noosa Basics worked the best for me. Warning though! Having a baking soda base, you can give yourself a gnarly burn if you use too much. A little will be just fine. It melts beautifully into the skin and I found it super moisturising. It also pays to wait a good few minutes before dressing so it can dry. Every time I try to put on my favourite black shirt I manage to give it a good swipe with deo first 😦 rendering it unwearable in the rush to get to work. Patting it off with a damp cloth or towel won’t cut it either. Throw that shirt in the laundry. BUT it’s still worth it!

Now I’ve discovered that Lavanila has designed an armpit detox mask to help ease the transition and honestly I wish I’d waited but part of me still really wants to try it, despite there being literally no point in me doing it now! It has a cool built-in mask brush and it’s made with charcoal, which I’m totally obsessed with. Should I do it anyway?! For fun?

Let’s go shopping

1412793-1477455243Buying ethical beauty is so easy now, as more and more retailers realise that it’s not cool to sell things that exploit people and animals.

If you work full time it can be hard to get to the shops and besides, I personally think it’s more fun to be a little picky and spend time mulling over your purchases. It’s your skin, so you can afford to be.

Having bought exclusively cruelty-free for the past few months, here’s my hit list of great places to 💸

EVE ORGANICS

The first place I tried Leahlani, Black Robin and Tata Harper. The lovely Eve only stocks products containing completely natural ingredients and these are all, of course, cruelty-free. Shipping is super-fast and the orders include great samples. Also you can Afterpay, so how good is that? Find it here.

MECCA MAXIMA

Mecca can be a little on the exxy side and doesn’t offer Afterpay BUT does offer a great and easily searchable range of natural, ethical products, like Eve Lom, Chantecaille and Drunk Elephant. Again, great samples. I use these to take away travelling. So easy. Click over there now.

NOURISHED LIFE

This is where I first went when embarking on my makeup bag purge. This site has everything you could want. And I mean everything, household stuff too. Owner Irene has such attention to detail and a commitment to ensuring the integrity of the shop’s product range. My personal favourite? Such a fab range of natural deodorant. You can rack up reward points too, which is always a bonus. All types of price points too. Check it out here.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY

Probably my favourite ever shopping experience. I am obsessed with Charlotte’s lipsticks and mascara. The range isn’t available in Australia so ordering from the UK is the go and the website makes this process a breeze. Shipping is really affordable and quick. The orders arrive like presents and have the best samples. Charlotte, as I’ve discussed before, is also cruelty-free. Love love love. The Australian version of the website lives on internetland here.

ADORE BEAUTY

Samples AND a Tim Tam? Adore Beauty, you spoil me. This is where I get Jane Iredale. There’s usually some sort of fab sale. Check it out.

How to conceal a facial scab with success

I have a scab on my jawline.

It’s dark against my very pale skin and very obvious and I want it to heal ASAP, without scarring if possible. But I can’t hermit myself away because I also have to go to work and I don’t want to look like I have ringworm or only bathe once every week.

I’m not going to explain how or why I’m scabby because WE ALL KNOW AND WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE.

…….

………..

(It was a cystic zit and I picked it)

Anyway, after nearly 20 years of dealing with pimple scabs I have FINALLY discovered my HG.

I have one gnarly scar on the side of my face that is 14 years old and is the result of months of picking a cystic zit, covering with old grotty concealer and probably just generally being a gross teen. Luckily with age and good skincare it’s evened out and become much paler and more uniform.

I’ll probably need to get to the bottom of my picking one day, but it borders on my obsession with removing the source of the pain, and my guess is that anxiety, too, plays a big part.

No, it’s definitely anxiety. I’ve noticed a correlation between feeling anxious and picking or squeezing my face.

So when you end up with a nasty scab on your face, how in the world do you conceal that horror? First things first; you are never ever going to be able to fully disguise its colour or texture, but you can make it look a little more uniform with the rest of your skin so that you can feel ok to appear in public again.

I’ve had scabs that hung around for way too long because I was touching them and putting makeup on them too early and just generally doing the wrong things.

This one is different. It’s painless and healing quickly. So, what’s the process?

DAY ONE AKA OOPS

I immediately cleaned it with antiseptic, had a shower and cleaned again with my normal cleanser and just popped a sticking plaster on top – one that will not upset the fragile facial skin – and went to bed. I used clean towels and clean pillowcases to lessen bacteria transfer. Also, I was worried about scratching and touching it in my sleep and didn’t want to upset the healing process.

DAY TWO

Washed it gently with saline and a cotton pad. I let it dry naturally and didn’t do anything else. NO MORE TOUCHING. I cleaned it again with saline at before bed and put another sticking plaster on top to minimise bacteria and prevent sleep-scratching/touching. The good thing about bandaids is they keep it moist (sorry).

DAY THREE

Time to go to work. There is no way I am putting makeup on a fresh scab while it’s clean and healing nicely, I’m not taking any chances! I really don’t want this to scar and I definitely don’t want to dislodge any of the hard red crust on top. I’ve noticed that on other delicate skin, if I have a scab, it’s less likely to scar if the scab is allowed to fall off naturally.

How to cover this? MAGIC.

Basically, what I’m saying is I am certain that hydrocolloid bandages are actually made of fairy dust. Hydrocolloid bandages are waterproof and stick like glue, fairly un-germy and seem to help heal my zits pretty well. Whatever works for you!

These also have the great benefit of being semi-transparent, muting the redness/brown tone. Also I didn’t touch, thanks to the bandage. Win.

Got home, cleaned with my Dr Spiller cucumber cleanser (so gentle) and left it alone.

DAY FOUR
Attempting concealer today. I read online that the best way to do this is to use a paler concealer on the base and your natural skin colour on top. Ok, I thought. This will be yet another kindly but useless tip. Wrong. WRONG.

Blast away all signs of redness with a concealer that’s lighter than your natural tone. I used Jane Iredale Disappear Full Coverage Concealer in light. Yes it looks weird, but stick with me. Then cover that with a concealer that’s a match with the rest of your face. I used RMS “Un” Cover-Up in 11. Set with powder. Done.

These two concealers are great because, as always, they are cruelty-free. Jane Iredale has lovely botanicals to heal that poor, stressed skin underneath, including my gal jojoba and antiseptic rosemary extract. RMS also has rosemary 🌿

Like I said before, your scab won’t be invisible. But it will make you feel better about what you’ve done.

To remove, micellar water is great. After years of loving Bioderma I now use Sukin. It’s gentle and doesn’t leave my skin squeaky. I need to let my skin do its thing and self-moisturise as best it can. All reading I’ve done indicates that scabs are meant to be a little bit moist (sorry) to heal to the best of their ability. A tiny bit of aloe on top can help.

Repeat process from all other days until it falls off naturally.

When that blessed time arrives, I’ll use Kosmea Rosehip Oil to heal the pink skin underneath and treat myself better next time.

Are you a picker? And will you try this two-step concealer trick?

Feeling good, fast. A self-care manual.

Holly Golightly called it the mean reds. Not the blues, she clarified, but something a little more complex.

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So that’s where self-care comes in. Small and very manageable ways to help lift your mood. Or at least, ways I can lift my mood when the mean reds kick in.

Let’s start easy. I’m not going to tell you to take a bath or have a walk. These are more of the hard love variety. And they do work.

  1. Actually get out of bed and have a shower. Wash your hair. Wash your body. Wash your face. Scrub. Scrub some stuff! Scrub away the shitty feelings. Shave your legs (or face, no shade!) and put on moisturiser. And then put some real clothes on (not pjs or undies). Wasting away in bed all day is misery and wallowing in your own fust is also especially gross. Time taken: at least five minutes.
  2. Make your bed. Seriously! Think about it. There’s something a bit sad about looking at a rumpled, unmade bed. Think about how nice it is to visit hotels and peel back fresh sheets. Good feeling, right? Right. So making your bed is a super quick way to do something that’s not actually lying in bed. Just try it. Time taken: one minute.
  3. Get into the sun. Sometimes I really have to be pushed to do this, but I am learning its benefits. It’s believed that sunlight can help the body produce serotonin. Time taken: as long or as short as you like but take some tea or a book with you if you need incentive to leave your smelly, shadowy, grotty bolthole. But don’t forget your sun protection either.

Next level. Now these can take as long as you like.

  1. Switch off. Again, something I need to be reminded of, and frequently. My day job involves typing or staring at a screen for nine hours. Ever noticed that at the end of a day at the computer you feel a bit ick? Not just you. I read a 2016 study conducted upon a group of freshmen, showing that those who had “higher screen time exposure” also experienced a downturn in their mental health. Read it here, including further reading on similar anecdotal studies. Turn off the phone or computer and look at something that isn’t powered by battery.
  2. Mask up. Make yourself feel good on the outside … I cringed writing that, but it is what it is. I am loving on the Mario Badescu Enzyme Revitalising Mask right now. I also got the Kosmea Five Minute Facial muslin cloth, which includes instructions on a quick massage. Pop on some facial oil, or a moisturiser that smells yum (or both) and you’ll feel better. Or at least a bit brighter.
  3. Do a couple of chores. Seriously! Put away dishes or start a load of laundry. You’ll feel accomplished, and doesn’t that make you feel good? Because let’s face it, if you knock over a load of maggoty bowls and have no clean undies while in the midst of your mean red moment, well, that can’t help.

Feeling better?

My week in Thinx

My mum taught me the value of “make do and mend”.

It’s a shame it took me so long to understand the brilliant logic of it.

A clever shopper and budgeter, Mum buys good quality products every few years and when they’re a bit tired or need a bit of help, she fixes rather than buying unnecessarily buying new stuff. Heels, bags, coats, jumpers, boots. Why throw out a beautiful, classic, quality product if it just needs to be resoled or have a couple of buttons sewn on?

I’m now in my late 20s and have spent too many years and far too much money on disposable fashion and accessories. That includes underwear. Money spent on flimsy, poorly-made sweatshop items that, eventually, were relegated to my period collection (everyone has one and if they say they don’t, they’re lyin’).

I’m done with wastage.

So after a few months of seeing Thinx on social media, I decided to buy a cycle set of three pairs to get me through a few days. I picked the high-waist, boyshort and hiphugger in black … JUST IN CASE THEY DIDN’T WORK. Thinx say these each can hold up to two tampons’ worth. I put them to the test.

Here’s what happened.

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I Thinx these are fab.

I did a lot of washing. Having three pairs of undies on high rotation meant a lot of washing. Luckily it was a case of rinse, wash, dry and wear. Thinx take a really long time to dry – obviously – because they are made of stronger stuff than just thin cotton. The hygiene obsessive in me meant I hung them on anything that was in full sun, because there’s no better antiseptic, really. I was a little concerned that they could smell, due to the nature of what they do (ie, collect blood) but it seemed fine.

They didn’t leak. No, really. They didn’t leak. Everything else usually does. Win! I felt confident. Not sure I’d wear white, but I felt dry and happy.

My body reacted differently. I didn’t get extra cramping. Unfortunately the pain was still as bad as ever (I get terrible cramping that leaves me horizontal and dry heaving and sometimes vomiting during my curse week) but not having tampons to exacerbate the problem (and they do) made a world of difference. I can’t help but feel like my body was able to do its own thing in its own time. Thinx felt like my body was able to do its thing … but gently. That can only be a good thing, right?

I know I’m saving money and helping the environment. A cycle set cost me about $100 neat. A basin of cold water doesn’t cost a lot of money. Air and sun drying costs nothing. I would typically spend about $15 all up on feminine products each month, costing me about $180 annually. There is no rubbish to dispose of and no wastage of any kind. I recycled the packaging! These are all pluses.

They were super comfy. The sizing was good and didn’t punish my poor bloated belly. For super puffy days, I chose the high-waisted panties, which were soft and didn’t feel like a girdle.

In short, yes I’d recommend them. Or at least say, give them a go.

FYI I bought these myself and Thinx have no idea I’m writing this. I was 100 per cent ready to admit they were a failure in the case that they just didn’t work for me, but they did work for me and my body. I like!

 

Wonderf-oil

I really love beautiful bottles, interesting textures and beautiful scents. So it’s pretty lucky that one of the best ways to treat your skin and hair is in the form of oil, which is often housed in the nicest bottles, with a gorgeous, viscous texture and often smelling heavenly!

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Oily goodness.

So what do I use them for? Well everything, really.

Jojoba oil by The Jojoba Company is good for moisturising dry patches and removing stubborn marks. I use it to melt really hardcore eye makeup. Technically not an oil, but a wax, its composition is also the most similar to sebum which makes it ideal for topical use. It also doesn’t go rotten easily, making it an ride-or-die cupboard staple. It feels lovely on the skin and not too slippery or greasy. It dries down quickly with a nearly scentless finish and leaves skin and hair feeling well-moisturised. Jojoba oil was used by native American tribes for skin and haircare, as well as wound treatment. I once read that when the British made contact with native American tribes, they were surprised to see how beautiful the womens’ skin was. Jojoba!

It’s also fun to say.

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Pretty jojoba berries.

OUAI Rose Hair and Body Oil is a fast-absorbing product that I use after shaving my legs and on the dry ends of my hair. Smells great and works pretty nicely. Don’t put too much in your hair though, unless you want to look greasy.

Thursday Plantation lavender oil is one I use for anything and everything. I make DIY household cleaners, put it in the bath, use it on cuts and pimples, sprinkle it on linen and rub it on the temples of headachy family members (and me, obv). Lavender oil is antiseptic and a great calming oil. Before bed I drink lavender tea, but made from buds – not oil! Essential oils are rarely recommended or even safe to ingest. Best to get it in dried tea form and go from there.

Fur Oil. Chances are you’ve seen this on Instagram.  It is, indeed, an oil for your pubic area. It contains tea tree, clary sage and grape and jojoba seed oils to keep anywhere you grow hair nice and soft and it prevents ingrown hairs. What’s not to like? Extra points for celeb factor – Emma Watson swears by it. Smells like lemons.

Bio Sculpture Cuticle Oil once again, jojoba, plus almond, avocado and vitamin e. Hopefully will help restore my nails back to health. Also smells lovely. I like the brush applicator. Dries down nicely, not too greasy. Perfect just before bed.

Anine Bing Savage Rose perfume oil I am not sure about the composition of this perfume oil, but its scent is just beautiful. A really complex rose fragrance, sweet but also a little bit dark and sultry. Really unusual! I’ve asked Anine Bing about its cruelty-free status. Fingers crossed it’s aok ✌️

BONUS ROUND! Coconut oil. Yes, it’s everywhere. Yes, you’ve heard about it ad nauseam. But it has multiple benefits. I use it to make vegetable soups, I rub it into my hands after working in the kitchen and will use it to dislodge really tough eye makeup. I even used it in the bath as a DIY face mask – pure coconut oil massaged onto my face. And I sat in the bath and sweated it out and waited for the coconut oil to melt. Heavenly. Yes, there was a big chance it could have resulted in zits but this time it didn’t. But it did fix a few dry patches and plumped up sore, tired, sad winter skin in a matter of 30 minutes.

So, how do you use oils?
AL x

Honey, honey

When I was a little girl, one of my biggest fears was bees … until I got stung.

Then it was all ok and the pain was minimal, but the guilt I felt after accidentally squashing that little fuzzy bug with my hand, was awful – it was so pretty and I knew it had an important job to do. Since then I’ve been fascinated by watching bees work and fly, by the pollen they keep in little bags on their wings and legs. Just beautiful.

But I don’t just love bees because honey is delicious. Oh no. Did you know that bees are imperative to our lifestyle too?

You might have heard some buzz (!) about the threat of bee extinction. It’s not just climate-change “propaganda”. This is a very legit problem we have to contend with in our changing world, after treating it like shit for the past few centuries. And we’ve really messed with the bees and other pollinators, like fruit bats, birds and butterflies. Losing our pollinators would mean the end of plenty of food groups, as well as have a massive and devastating impact on agriculture and the environment in general.Every animal has its place in the ecosystem – and perhaps none so important as the bee. VICE summed this up very neatly here.

So – why’s it happening? Deforestation, pests, insecticides, pollution and climate change are all to blame for the decline. It’s hard to find exact figures, and especially global ones, but scientists are concerned enough about it to be documenting die-off rates.

The National Academies in the USA estimated, in a 2006 report, that 75 per cent of the world’s flowering plant species rely on pollinators.

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Buzz.

So basically, we need bees. And you’ll probably agree after reading the next bit …

Thanks to pollinators, you can (at present) enjoy the following foods, care of the following creatures:

ALFALFA: leafcutter bees and honey bees

ALMOND: honey bees

ANISE: honey bee

APPLE: honey bees, blue mason orchard bees

APRICOT: bees

AVOCADO: bees, flies, bats

BANANA: birds, fruit bats

BLUEBERRY: More than 115 kinds of bees, including bumblebees, mason bees, mining bees and leafcutter bees

CARDAMOM: honey bees, solitary bees

CASHEW: bees, moths, fruit bats

CHERRY: honey bees, Bumblebees, Solitary bees, flies

CHOCOLATE:  midges (flies), stingless bees

COCONUT: insects and fruit bats

COFFEE: stingless bees, other bees or flies

CORIANDER: honey bees, solitary bees

CRANBERRY: More than 40 native bees, including bumble

DAIRY PRODUCTS: Diary cows eat ALFALFA pollinated by leafcutter and honey bees

FIG: 800 kinds of fig wasps

GRAPE: bees

GRAPEFRUIT: bees

KIWIFRUIT: honey bees, bumblebees, solitary bees

MACADAMIA NUT: bees, beetles, wasps

MANGO: bees, flies, wasps

MELON: bees

NUTMEG: honey bees, bird

PAPAYA: moths, birds, bees

PEACH: bees

PEAR: honey bees, flies, mason bees

PEPPERMINT: flies, bees

PUMPKIN: squash and gourd bees, bumblebees

RASPBERRY and BLACKBERRY: honey bees, bumblebees, solitary bees, hover flies

SESAME: bees, flies, wasps

STRAWBERRY: bees

SUGARCANE: bees, thrips

TEA PLANTS: flies, bees and other insects

TEQUILA (AGAVE): bats

TOMATO: bumble bees

VANILLA: bees

So what can be done?

Firstly, stop using nasty chemicals in your garden. These kill bees and they’re also really bad for you. There are plenty of eco-friendly and effective options around.

Making your garden bee-friendly is a great and also aesthetically pleasing way to help the bees. Planting fragrant flowers and herbs will bring them into your garden and keep them healthy and busy. Lavender is my personal favourite!

You can also buy bees and install beehives at your place if you have the room. Some local councils will give you a beehive and bees to kickstart the process.

One of my all-time favourite companies, Weleda, is a champion for bees. In fact, they provide bee habitats to schools around the country to get kids interested in bee conservation, while actively participating in it. More information about their Bee B&B Hotel project is here.

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Source: Eco Watch

Laundry day

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Splish splash.

Am I a weirdo? But I just love doing laundry. Not so much hanging it out (if it’s cool and breezy) but a beautiful warm and sunny day out at the line is a perfect way to get some sun and be outdoors. And then folding clothes and watching a little telly is such a nice way to zone out.

But one of my favourite things to do – and I do think it’s part of self-care – is washing my lingerie.

I only figured out how to take great care of my bras and undies when my mother-in-law was horrified to see I’d been throwing them in the washing machine with the rest of my clothes. She suggested washing them separately in a sink or basin instead to prolong their life. I was wondering why I’d been getting so many pulls in my other clothes. Bra hooks!

Now, filling up a basin with warm water and fragrant, hypoallergenic, cruelty-free laundry liquid and lovingly washing my smalls is such a pleasure to do. Also, less waste! Less water usage, less wrecked clothes and lingerie. Fabulous.

So what am I using to stay green? The Laundress’ Delicate Wash for a weekly bra wash. If you don’t sweat much there is simply no need to wash your bra more often. And there’s a Delicate Spray to freshen them up, as needed. Lovely and so nice on the skin! It’s awful when a detergent makes you want to rip your skin off.

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Making laundry fun.

Another recent discovery is Bosisto’s Allergen Laundry Liquid. I love to wash my towels and sheets with this, it smells so fresh. Throw a little vinegar and bicarb in, and they’re beautifully-scented, soft and clean. No need for a hot wash that way. Then straight out into the sun for its antibacterial properties.

For a normal, family-sized load, I love Ecostore’s laundry liquid. And straight out to the line, no tumble drying if I can help it. Have a little read of this Guardian article about the impact of doing laundry on carbon emissions.

Do you do anything special with your laundry?

AL x

Wish listing aka #treatyoself

Everyone has a wish list. The nice little treats you dream about when you’re in need of a pick-me-up and coffee won’t quite cut it. Maybe you’ve had a particularly yuck day. That’s when wish lists, also known to me as TREAT YO SELF, come in handy.

The fun thing about going cruelty-free and using vegan products (where I can, but cruelty-free is the main game here) means I’m discovering a whole new world of lovely products that are actually not terrible for me/the environment/animals.

Here’s what I’m currently keen on …

weleda penWeleda Cuticle Softener Pen

I do not know what I’ve done to my thumbnails to make them so ridged, but I suspect it has to do with my anxious cuticle-picking habit. I’ve never had fake nails, acrylics or even shellac on my fingernails so this (slight) issue is confusing. Maybe this would work, along with my zinc supplements.

wishlistnails2wishlistnails1Jinsoon Nail Lacquer in Nostalgia and Doux 

They’re pretty, the end! Five-free and lovely colours. I love a beautiful, nude-y coat of polish on my nails. At the moment my absolute favourite is Floss Gloss Lipliner. It looks like my favourite lipstick of the moment, Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk! Truly pretty.

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Ouai shampoo and conditioner

With a thick, full and fairly independent mane I’ve never worried taking that much care of my hair. I don’t brush, blowdry or straighten it because (a) no point and (b) time spent. In truth that’s my mum’s bugbear – I HATE brushing my hair. It makes the frizz go nuts! So it’s wash ‘n go every few days and pretty self-sufficient. My hair doesn’t usually do what I want it to but that seems to work for me? Pretty French I guess. Or maybe I’m just getting a bit older and less worried about it. But I’ve found the Ouai Rose Hair and Body Oil makes it sit better and – added bonus – is less itchy at the end of the day than when I’ve used other products. Result! Also, no nasty bits like sulfates and parabens.

wishlistlipmaskSara Happ Sweet Clay Lip Mask

As I said on Instagram, wahh! I don’t know how to get this to Australia without paying exorbitant shipping fees.

Wildcard: A vegan, cruelty-free perfume based on rose absolute and sandalwood. Know of one? Let me know!

What’s on your TREAT YO SELF wish list?

AL x