It has been ages since I’ve written a blog post, because this summer holiday I decided to relax and get outdoors, and my blog had started to feel a lot like work. My new hobby has meant I’ve been at the beach every day. Although being in the sea has meant I don’t really wear makeup these days, it has made me focus on products which save my hair from the dehydrating effects of salt water and which keep my skin protected and hydrated. Because I religously use sunscreen (and frankly I’ve been skipping foundation) I’ve been keeping my face looking sunkissed with my favourite Vita Liberata Deep Face. This holiday I also bought some Piz Buin Wet Skin SPF 30 Transparent Skin Spray which has made life so much easier as you can apply it to dry or wet skin.
The sea water is doing wonders for my skin (bye bye breakouts!) but my hair is another story. Every second or third day I’ve been using Joico K-Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor followed by the Intense Hydrator to get the moisture back into my hair. I also wet my hair before I leave home and apply some Schwarzkopf BC Moisture Kick Beauty Balm to hydrate and protect my hair from the salt water. If your hair is already saturated it won’t be able to absorb much sea or pool water. I always rinse my hair with fresh water at the beach as well before I sit on the grass to dry off.
I got two of my new favourite shower products from my friend Nicole for my birthday, Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub and The Olive Branch Shower Gel from Lush. The scrub is bright blue and smells like tropical mimosa, and is great for exfoliating before self tan (and removing residual patches before reapplying) and you can also use it in your hair for volume… which I haven’t actually tried because I already have a salt overload going on. The shower gel smells so mediteranean. It’s a refreshing change from the sweet scents of Snow Fairy and Comforter, and it also really hydrates. I alternate with SOiL Uplifting Coconut Body Wash which is zesty, lemongrassy and so uplifting.
The beauty world was making me a bit tired, until I realised that beauty isn’t just about makeup or being able to curl your hair with a flat iron. Taking a break from watching YouTube makeup tutorials has been quite freeing. Happy and healthy girls are the prettiest, not necessarily the ones who are genetically blessed or have Kim K kontoured themselves into Instagram superstars. For me 2016 is about natural beauty, looking after my skin and keeping my hair in good condition. Most days I only wear Clinique Super City Block SPF 40 because it is lightly tinted, whisk on some Givenchy Noir Couture Waterproof mascara and some lip oil, and off I go… I bought this mascara in December when Red Square had a special, and although it is very splurgy at R465 it is worth it. I love the volume and length it gives my lashes and it doesn’t come off come hell or high tide, until I use a bi-phase eye makeup remover.
This year I don’t want my blog to feel like a tiring, unpaid job or feel under pressure to produce, produce, produce posts, pictures, tweets or anything else. I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, but my mindset this year is about enjoying myself first and foremost – if it happens to result in a blog post or an Instagram picture, then that’s great. I would really love my blog to be more interactive and create content based on what people want to know or hear about, so all comments and suggestions are welcome! 🙂