January Favourites

Hello Beauty!

I hope you are all doing well, and despite January being cold and rainy, you have managed to appreciate it and use it as an excuse to spend cosy evenings at home and learn about Hygge (the art of cosines). I have definitely used the cold evenings for pampering and 'me' time. This month I have been loving hydrating hair products, stunning fragrances, and luxurious makeup products.

Chanel Perfection Lumiere Foundation SPF10 
I don't usually use liquid foundation but lately I discovered this stunning foundation from Chanel. It is very light but provides the perfect coverage. Unlike other foundation, it does not feel heavy and does not crease. After applying my skin felt very hydrated and looked natural and flawless. Like all Chanel products, the packaging is beautiful and the foundation is very convenient to use thanks to the pump. A must-have. Available from Feelunique,  for £36.

Aura - Soma Pegasus Perfume 
I find this brand really interesting as it has a fascinating brand philosophy. Aura-Soma Pegasus fragrances demonstrate the visual and non-visual energies of colour, combining the energies of both essential oils and herbal extracts, evoking a beautiful aroma and the potential to enlighten the wearer's mood... Every fragrance has its own properties which are also reflected in the design of the packaging. The brand also rejects the use of synthetics and uses only natural, essential oils from plants and flowers to create these fragrances. I suggest you have a look at the website to see the philosophy behind each fragrance!

I recently received some gorgeous testers from Aura Soma and over the last few weeks I have been testing all of them to find out my favorites. The ones that particularly caught my attention were the below:

75 - Top Middle and Base Notes consist of: Orange, Jasmine, Neroli, Patchouli, Vanilla. This is quite an earthy smell, you can smell the patchouli mixed with neroli, so overall the scent is quite heavy with hints of spices.

30 - Top Middle and Base Notes consist of: Bergamot, Olibanum, Oudh, Jasmine, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Amber, Vanilla, Saffron, Vetiver, Musk. This scent is quite heavy, and spicy, I loved wearing it in the evenings. This was my favourite out of all of the Aura Soma fragrances.

56 - Top Middle and Base Notes consist of: Nutmeg, Violet, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Powder Notes, Sandalwood, Amber, Musk. It is sweet and the prominent note is the powder, and most of my friends loved it!

80 - Top Middle and Base Notes consist of: Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Lily, Carnation, Cinnamon, Benzoin, Rose, Vanilla. You can really smell the jasmine with a hint of vanilla, perfect for both day and night. 

39 - Top Middle and Base Notes consist of: Bergamot, Lemon, Geranium, Black Pepper, Nutmeg, Ylang Ylang, Vanilla, Cedarwood. This is probably the most subtle one. It can be easily worn during the day, I loved the zesty notes mixed with Cedarwood and vanilla.

All available from Aura-Soma website, for £85/50 ml

EMJ Classic Make-up Bag Large
Did you know that fabric make-up bags need to be exchanged every few months as they can accumulate bacteria, dirt and make-up? I know many of you cannot stand the thought of throwing your make-up bag away as it has been with you literally everywhere, but I am sorry, you need to let it go...

You can replace it with the amazing, super hygienic large make-up bag from emj. The bag can fit everything, including your hairbrush, and it can be cleaned regularly with an antibacterial wipe which will ensure that your skin will not be exposed to germs and old makeup. It is super convenient as it can hold everything, can be easily cleaned and has a fashionable faux leather element at the top. And the best part of it all is that you will not have to say goodbye to it soon! the emj company website, for£24. 

Real Food Source Cold Pressed Coconut Oil
You probably noticed the crazy hype around Coconut oil and its endless amount of uses. I love using it as a body moisturiser, when creating a body scrub or a lip scrub. It smells super yummy, and if you like coconut, then you won't mind smelling like pina colada. 

What is amazing about this oil, is that it is 100% natural, so you avoid all the chemicals, silicones and 'not so good' substances. There are certain criteria that are important when choosing a coconut oil. It must be organic, extra virgin, cold pressed and it should be in a glass jar. The prices for extra virgin, coconut oil can range from £5-£50 a jar, depending on quality, brand and size. My current favourite is from RealFoodSource, for £4.19 for 500ml. 

Joyce Moisture Recovery
I always discover that during the winter months my hair starts to tangle, look frizzy and it becomes unmanageable. I blame it on the wooly hats, the weather extremes and the scarves. During those months, our hair is exposed to damaging effects, and so it is important that we use hydrating products such as Joico Moisture Recovery to hydrate it and lock in the moisture. 

Joico Moisture Recover is a leave-in moisturiser which you apply after washing your hair (and brush through). It hydrates the hair, so when it dries it is easy to brush through, smooth and looks glossy. Available from BeautyBay, for £9.25. 

L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil 
This oil is perfect pre-styling. It can work wonders even on a bad hair day. It contains a precious blend of 6 flower extracts which are great for the hair, providing the necessary nutrients that help it regain strength and make it look glossy. It can also be used as a heat protectant and as a hydrating oil on wet hair. I alway repurchase this oil as it has so many uses, is long lasting and really works. Available from Boots, for £9.99. 

Ania's advice:
1. Throw away your old make-up bag
2. Take care of your hair 
3. Meet your girlfriends on Valentine's Day 

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