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    May 2018 Favourites: Bath, Beauty & Skincare

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    Hi guys! It’s been a long while since my last beauty-related post so I thought that I’d share some of the products that I’m loving this month. First is a shampoo and conditioner pair from The Body Shop that I honestly did not think I’d like at all. It was my first time shopping there for myself, and I was genuinely surprised at how limited their haircare range is. The banana-scented products intrigued me the most, so I got a bottle of shampoo and conditioner from that line and ended up really enjoying them a lot! One thing I did notice is that without the conditioner, the shampoo dried my hair out so be sure to buy them both together to really get the most out of the line.

    Next is a Micro Cleanse Super Scrub from Alpha-H. I know how important exfoliating is but I haven’t had the chance to pick up a scrub until some time last month during a Sephora online sale. I love that it’s made from eco-friendly Jojoba beads, and that they’re fine enough to be used on the daily. It also has glycolic acid and peppermint which leave my face feeling very refreshed. I have noticed that my skin has been looking brighter since I started on the scrub, though that might also be because I never used to exfoliate prior to this.

    Last is Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix in Rum, another beauty buy from the most recent Sephora sale. I’ve been rocking a pretty nice tan since I got back from Bali and I wanted a highlighter that was more bronzey to match my current skin tone. Rum is a beautiful copper shade that gives off a very natural-looking highlight on my skin. It’s a look that I absolutely adore and the shimmer skinstick has been making a frequent appearance in my makeup bag ever since!

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    Sunday night pampering

    At the end of a hectic week, it always feels great to have some personal time to pamper yourself with a relaxing treatment in the comfort of your own home. For a couple of months now, I’ve made it a point to dedicate about 45 minutes to an hour to what I call “Sunday night pampering”. That timeslot was initially meant for me to clear most of my face mask samples but now, it has become a weekly affair when I exfoliate my skin and put on a face mask just before I go to bed on Sunday nights.

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    For a very long time, I’ve been using Lush’s Ocean Salt as my exfoliator of choice. This tub was a gift from a friend who was returning home from London. If I’m not wrong, I received it at a time before Lush came to Singapore, so I was super excited to get my hands on it after many years of watching Lush beauty hauls on YouTube. I’ve been using it sparingly ever since, only starting to use it more regularly sometime last year.

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    Ocean Salt is a facial scrub made of blue-green coarse sea salt with a fresh, zesty scent. The exfoliating grains are the right amount of coarseness – I’ve used another exfoliator before which was too fine and too gentle on my skin. Of course, this is a matter of preference – I prefer more coarse scrubs for my face because in my opinion, that feels more effective in getting rid of the dead skin cells and clearing the dirt from my skin. I’ve read a few reviews that mentioned how Ocean Salt can be used as a daily cleanser, but I feel that might be a bit too much for the skin to take. Currently I only use it once a week, sometimes twice when I want to quicken the recovery of some acne. I love how it leaves my face feeling soft and fresh, with that zesty scent lingering afterwards.

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    After I exfoliate, I put on a face mask to inject moisture back into my skin. Currently, I’m alternating between different masks from Dermal, all of which I got from Korea when I was there last December. These are great and I got them at a pretty good bargain, too. Tip: when in Seoul head to smaller stores to get masks in bulk at better value!

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    A scented candle completes the entire experience, don’t you agree? I got these three Yankee Candles as birthday gifts and I love them to bits! Currently I am burning the Sweet Apple scent (the red candle) and it’s deliciously sweet without being overpowering. The only peeve I have about Yankee Candles is that the more it burns, the lower the wick goes into the jar so it gets difficult to burn them again as time goes by. Make sure that you have a longer lighter on hand or you’ll end up burning yourself a few times like I did before!

    It took a while for this to actually become a routine because it slips my mind from time to time and on other instances, I get a bit lazy and that tempts me to go to straight to sleep… but after a while I realised that it was improving my skin’s condition. Of course, this could be due to a number of different factors as well, e.g. my daily skincare routine or better sleeping habits, so it’s important to remember that good skin takes effort to achieve and regular routines do pay off when you understand your skin better and give it what it needs!