Antipodes Holo Skin Brightening Facial Mud Mask

Do you know that sometimes you need to get dirty to get clean ?

The skincare junkie in me wanted a new face mask and I just got my very first product from Antipodes. I've heard so many good things about this skincare brand from New Zealand and I was simply dyeing to try their products. 

I thought it would be a great idea to start with this Holo Skin Brightening Facial Mud Mask enriched with Vinanza Grape & Kiwi, Avocado oil, extract of peony flower and of course volcanic and regenerative mud from New Zealand.

Antipodes has pure, safe and natural formulations created from unpolluted New Zealand nature.

Whatever you add to your skin is ingested, and for the power of beautiful skin and a healthy body, Antipodes is using only the most premium ingredients.

This Antipodes mud mask delivers a high performance detox for a luminous complexion. The volcanic mud is rich in sulfur, calcium, silicon and sodium and it binds to the skin's oils and absorbs them without living behind a dry and dehydrated skin like a clay mask usually does.
Mud is similar to clay as they both come from earth, but they are very different because the mud is water based and its also a great skin healing agent while clay is more harsh and drying. Mud is mineral rich, has regenerative properties and it has been harnessed for beauty treatments all over the world for centuries.

Yummylicious Serum - Lush And Organic French Skincare, Made in Paris

For almost two weeks I am using in my skin care routine, morning and evening, every single day a new serum, and not just any serum but a hand made, organic and extremely luxurious serum made by Kristina Soley, the founder of Yummylicious Serums 

Kristina has a huge passion for beauty and she also has a massive experience in skin care, beauty and wellness. I met her via Instragram, she is very friendly, humble, kind and professional and she loves to help people achieve beautiful healthy skin. She gifted me a bottle of her serum and she told me she hopes I like it because she made it with love and good intentions.

From her passion for beauty Kristina founded Yummylicious Serums and they are based in Paris, but available  international.

She told me she calls the serum Yummylicious because it feels delicious and soft on the skin. Now, after I tried her serum I can definitely say that she was right, her serum is amazing, it has such a beautiful texture that melts on your skin, leaving it hydrated and so very soft.

The Body Shop Youth Concentrate Sheet Mask 100%Vegan and fully Biodegradable

Sheet  face masks originated from South Korea where people are known for their dedication on cosmetics and skincare.

Only last year the sale of sheet masks increased about 60 %, overwhelming the sale of other skin care products. Unfortunately when we use sheet masks we have a left over waste and that's not very good for the environment, unless you are using eco-friendly options and fully biodegradable sheets face masks, like The Body Shop Youth Concentrate Sheet Mask, which is a really new addition to the Drops of Youth skincare line.

The Body Shop Youth Concentrate Sheet Mask is made of a cellulose fiber derived from renewable sourced wood pulp and is fully biodegradable.You can trow it in your compost bin and it will take around 42 days to disintegrate. Good for your skin but also good for the planet ! How cool is that ? This makes it instantly my favourite sheet mask!

Pixi Beauty Rose Infused Skincare

Did you know that it takes around 30.000 rose petals to produce a single ounce of rose essential oil ?

Recently there has been a Rose Renaissance in skincare and I personally love it because rose infused skincare is able to transform the skin, to promote healing and to reduce the effects of chronic stress on skin (fact based on a study conducted in Japan in 2011). When used in skincare, Rose is said to be soothing and calming, protecting and it can help you to get rid of dull tired skin giving a healthy glow.

Pixi  has some of the most beautiful and lush Rose infused skincare and they gifted me this gorgeous travel set full of skintreats to add it to my beauty arsenal.

I am already using for quite some time some of these Pixi skintreats but I am really happy and excited to indulge in the entire rose line. I was absolutely dying to use the Rose Oil blend !

This travel set that they sent me has everything you ever want and need to have a complete skincare routine, from cleanser and tonic to oil and makeup fixing mists. 

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast - protective and repairing skincare for dry and sensitive skin

How do you protect your skin from cold and dryness when is winter ?

La Roche Posay Cicaplast is a skincare line designed for people who suffer from dry skin, irritations and sensitivities, is an expert in skin recovery. Like all the products from La Roche Posay, Cicaplast line is also made with their famous thermal water.

La Roche Posay Cicaplast skincare was and is always a must have for me, specially during cold season when my skin tends to become even more dry and sensitive. 

Before I continue with more details I must say that this is not a sponsored post, I am sharing this review hoping that it might help someone who struggles with dry and sensitive skin.

Favorite Makeup Products in 2018

Just with my previous post about Favorite Skincare in 2018, it was really difficult to make a choice and narrow down my favorite makeup products to just a few. 

In 2018, makeup, for me was more about lips and glow and less about eyeshadow and this is the reason why you will get to see more luminous blushes and bronzers than eyeshadows and of course a more lipstick. I have been a lipstick lover in 2018 !

My most favorite and my most loved makeup products and definitely most used are listed below : 

 MAC Face & Body  Foundation because it looks really natural on skin and if you want more coverage you can build it up.

Favorite Skincare in 2018

I discovered such amazing and revolutionary skincare in 2018! Oils, creams, cleansers and serums with fabulous formulas that truly changed my life and helped me achieve flawless skin without making a massive hole in my bank account.

Favorite skincare in 2018 :

The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalizing Cleansing Oil- in- Gel - super gentle and perfect for dry skin, vegan and cruelty free formula.

Korres Olympus Tea 3-in-1 Cleansing Emultion - I love the fluid and gentle formula, it smells absolutely delicious like all the Korres products, also vegan.

Red Earth Radiance Boosting Toner with Australian Honey and Organic Pomegranate, this is more like an essence as texture, smells very natural and fresh, offers amazing relief for dry and sensitive skin.

Sukin Super Greens Skincare - food for your skin, vegan and cruelty free

Sukin Super Greens line is derived from botanicals and antioxidants which hydrate and leave the skin radiant and glowing. This Super Greens line is a blend of Kale, Spirulina, Parsley and Chlorella combined with nourishing Acai, Goji to leave a clean, brightened and revitalized complexion.

My first product from the Super Green line was the detoxifying clay mask and after, I just had to buy and try more products from this line, serum and Chia seed oil -all so good !

Sukin Detoxifying Clay Mask is a white clay based masque with Kale, Goji berry and Bentonite and is enriched with vitamins and antioxidants to detox, brighten the complexion and minimize the appearance of fine lines. This mask also has Avocado, Baobab and Rosehip Oil to promote an even skin tone through intensive hydration properties. Skin is replenished, contributing towards maintaining youthful, glowing skin. Suitable for normal skin, especially dull.
 I had to hunt a lot for this product because it was always out of stock, I finally got it and is one of my favorite clay masks. It's really detoxifying but without being too harsh on skin and without striping it of its natural oils. Compared to other masks you need layer this one on damp skin and not on dry skin, it works even better if you are using an essence before. I get amazing results when I combine this mask with an essence from The Body Shop: my skin is left so soft and feels clean and pure without being dry and annoyed. It works really good to prevent unwanted blemishes and hormonal spots because of the antioxidants and vitamins.

The Ordinary Skincare Products I Used Up Until The Last Drop - Review

I haven't been able to write any #beautyempties posts this year, but I still wanted to share some products I have been using up until the last drop and loving/liking them a lot. 

I had in mind for a while to make a post about Deciem and some of my favorite products from The Ordinary skin care line and I have to say that I am really happy I finally managed to talk a bit about these products because they do deserve a lot of attention and interest.

The Ordinary 100 % Organic Cold Pressed Maroccan Argan Oil - this was my very first bottle and I already ordered more because for me this is absolutely the best Argan Oil I have ever used. I use it mostly on my hair but also for my skin. I really hope that Deciem will introduce a bigger bottle for this oil because for someone with dry skin/hair 30 ml is really not enough and I use like a bottle of this per month, no exaggeration!!!! I mix it with my shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, I use some to make my salt body scrub, I style my hair with it and also use it as a pre-washing mask. Absolutely amazing and definitely my most favorite The Oridnary product!

The Body Shop New Matte Clay Powders

History is about to change, as from today there are more than 8 mil signatures for the CRUELTY FREE International Petition and I have no words to describe how happy I feel , thank you everyone for signing !

I just got some new goodies from The Body Shop, they been kind enough to support me and send me some of their new makeup products. Recently I have rediscovered  how amazing is The Body Shop skincare and how much is this company involved in preserving our wild life and running all kinds of petitions and campaigns to ban forever the cruel testing on animals in cosmetic industry. 

This past week I have been testing their new Matte Clay Powders and I think I am ready to share my opinion about how these powders perform, look and feel on skin.