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Hello lovely,

Can you believe it’s already spring?!

Though the warmer days are highly appreciated, the chilly nights are something I’m still enjoying, because after a long day at work it’s blissful to curl up under a blanket, drink hot chocolate, read a book, and cuddle with someone special. Though I am looking forward to summer salads, smoothies, and picnics with friends!

My current 5 favourites to prep for spring are:

green iced tea via aurelian_s (Flickr)

1. Iced Green Tea with Lemon

A healthy, refreshing and antioxidant rich drink can be found in green tea, which also provides a much-needed caffeine kick. I like to make a pitcher of hot green tea, cover it, and leave it out overnight to cool. In the morning, I pour some in a glass and pop in a freshly cut lemon wedge. If you drink this first thing in the morning it will help get your digestive system in gear and re-hydrate your body after 8 hours of inactivity. As much as I’d like to get back to my days of drinking hot water right after waking, I find I prefer the taste of the green iced tea. I then feel no guilt drinking a hot cup of coffee after I arrive at work.

sugar scrub via lovelihood (Flickr)

2. Body Scrub

After the long winter months, it’s time to get rid of that dead, dry skin, so you won’t be afraid to bare it to the world in skirts and dresses. You can buy body scrubs from Wellness Warehouse, The Bodyshop, and even Woolworths, but I like to make my own and try to use it at least twice a week. It works wonderfully for dry feet, elbows, and knees. Once your squeaky clean, apply a moisturising cream or nourishing body oil and you’re set to show off your happy, healthy skin.

sunscreen via jeffwilcox (Flickr)

3. Sunscreen

I used to use sunscreen daily in my youth, throughout the various seasons – because as my mum always told me: the UV rays can still reach you on overcast days. Sadly, I’ve been neglecting this advice and can see the result of not following it in my skin (hello fine lines and freckles!)  Now that spring has arrived I’ve gotten back into the routine of applying a layer of sunscreen after my moisturiser, to keep those fine lines, sun spots, and seasonal freckles at bay. I’m sure that 40-year old me will appreciate the dedication I’m giving it now in my late 20’s.

flower hands nails via pixabay

4. Nail Buffer

Since the last few months of winter saw me sporting varied nail polish colours, it’s time to give my hands some TLC and enjoy a clean, fresh look for spring. I like to remove whatever polish is left, soak my fingertips in some warm water with lemon juice, and after 5 minutes of soaking, dry them off and massage some cuticle oil or coconut oil into them. Wait a while for the oil to fully absorb, and then buff your nails as directed with the nail buffer cube of your choice. Enjoy your shiny new nail! You can pick up a cheap buffer from Clicks or Dischem, or treat yourself to an Obey Your Body nail kit. Please only do this routine once a week – as overuse will result in your nail becoming brittle (le eek!).

ballet flats via cjnzja (Flickr)

5. Pumps

Though I love wearing boots in winter, nothing quite shows spring in the air as seeing the first few brave ladies out and about sporting colourful pumps. I usually get mine from Pick’nPay but sadly, the material they’re made from isn’t built to last, and after a few weeks of wear the colour starts flaking off. I’ve gotten some great mileage out of ones I bought on sale from Meltz, and I’m currently coveting and saving up for the leather ones at Woolworths.

Now it’s your turn to share with me what you’re loving this September!

Until next time,
Daughter of Dreams

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Sugar scrub via lovelihood (Flickr)

Hello sweetie,

It’s time for me to share one of my favourite spring beauty rituals with you, and the best part about this DIY is that takes under 2 minutes to make!

 

What you need:

Empty Jar

1 cup of Brown Sugar

1/2 cup of Olive or Coconut Oil

Essential Oil for scent

 

Directions:

Pour half the sugar into the empty jar, add the 1/2 cup of oil, and pour in the remaining sugar. Add a few drops of essential oil to scent the mixture, and then swish the jar around to mix the contents. Super easy, hey? ^_^

Apart from using one yourself,  body scrubs make great cheap and cheerful gifts if you’re low on cash and a friends birthday is coming up, and they’re always appreciated.

You can opt to switch out the sugar and use coffee grounds or oats instead if the sugar granules are too harsh (you can crush the sugar crystals in a mortar and pestle to make them smaller and less abrasive). I have friends who add in spices such as cinnamon and turmeric, and even one who likes to add in banana. I think my next scrub will include cinnamon and honey for scent, and for the beauty benefits they’re said to provide. If you opt to use coconut oil in the scrub it will solidify if it’s cold out. Remedy this by putting the jar in some warm water which will melt the oil.

Once the body scrub is made apply it in the shower and exfoliate your body, then wash it off and say hello to soft spring-ready skin! Since I bought a body scrub from Woolworths ages ago I’ve just been reusing the tub for my DIY version. Just remember to use your current body scrub within six months, and make a new batch after that time. The above recipe should last you on average a month, depending how often you use it.

Let me know what you add to your body scrub in the comments below.

Until next time,
Daughter of Dreams

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My luxury cosmetic goodies.

Hello lovelies,

I hope you’re all enjoying the sunshine filled week so far, because I know I am! As promised, below you’ll find my review on some of the fantastic body and beauty products  I picked up for a song at the Luxury Cosmetics sale.

The company, Luxury Cosmetics, is situated in Westlake Business Park, and they have numerous world-renowned beauty brands available; from Smashbox and Model Co, to Yves Rocher and Decleor, meaning there’s something for every skin type and budget!! The atmosphere is pretty festive, with products lining the walls, gift bags available, as well as a good number of beauty reps and interested person’s attending. For those interested, their next sale date is 29 November, so maybe I’ll catch you there! ^_~

Tip: If you’re planning to attend, remember to take only cash – with a minimum of R200 – trust me, it’s pretty easy to want to just keep adding items to your bag (though for those who are here to shop for everything, there is the option to do an EFT from one of their pay points).

Now, on to the reviews!

Yves Roches cleansing water PurBleuet

Yves Rocher Pur Bleuet

You can laugh if you want to, but the cleansing joy of my life used to be apple cider vinegar diluted in water. It was cost-effective, if a bit smelly, and beautifully removed make-up and dirt, while toning my skin in the process. I never thought I’d stray from this tried and true method, but then I discovered Pur Bleuet, a cleansing water for your face, from Yves Rocher. The light purple bottles lined up in a row made me curious when I first spotted them, and after seeing the cost-effective price tag, I thought why not buy one and give it a try?

Apart from a light scent, the cornflower water has a gel-like consistency, so watch out when you first apply it onto your cotton ball. It goes on smoothly, feels pretty soothing, and I’ve used 3/4 of it for the 3 months I’ve had it. As it stands, I’m hoping there’ll be another bottle or two for me to purchase at the upcoming sale, because this item highly deserves a place in my beauty routine, and it’s also what I used to remove the cornflour dye from hubby and I after the Colour me Crazy run.

After reading up on Yves Rocher, I was happy to learn that they’re one of the first companies to stand against animal testing, and secondly, that they harvester, manufacturer and distribute all their botanical beauty products.

Payot products

Payot, Paris

Since I’ve never seen Payot products lining shelves of my usual haunts, I had no idea on what it was I was missing out on! Their skin care range is well-suited to sensitive skins, and though I’m blessed with pretty good skin, it does tend to bulk at anything with too many chemicals in it.

From the sale I got:

Resilience Serum

Night Cream

Tightening Serum – not pictured (yes, yes, I’m pretty young to use this, but since I smile – a lot – I have noticed some fine lines starting by my eyes *le eek*!

All in all I’ve noticed my skin just soaks up the Payot serums and moisturizers, without any greasy after-effects (bearing in mind that I’m not plastering this stuff on, I’m using a small amount each time to properly cover my face, neck, and decolletage). From the girl who washed her face nightly with soap, cleansed with apple cider, and threw on any old moisturiser to seal the deal (or just smeared on Vaseline), I think I’ve definitely stepped up to the plate now I’m getting older (and hopefully smarter).

The next set of products to be reviewed include a Model Co Fiber Lash extension, Decleor moisturiser and mask, and the Smashbox eyeshadow trio.

And now it’s your turn to share with me, the facial products you swear by!

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