Summer Candle Favourites

I love to burn candles all year round, and although it may seem strange to burn a candle during an Australian summer it’s usually pretty cold in our house because Sebastian is a huge fan of the ol’ air conditioner. I wanted to share some of my favourite seasonal candles with you, as these little beauties have been staples in my house for quite a few years.

Glasshouse Montego Bay (coconut lime) – This is probably my longest running favourite fragrances, and one that I continue to love years after discovering it. I actually think I started out wearing this as a body moisturiser, but then switched to burning the candles when I knew they were available. Coconut and lime is the quintessential summer fragrance for me, so this is perfect. An OG candle for me.

Glasshouse Kyoto (camellia & lotus) – This is Sebastian’s favourite scent, and he always has one of these candles on his desk in our study, and the throw on this candle even when it’s not burning is strong enough to make the room smell amazing. At first the fragrance of this was a little bit too floral for me, but it’s grown on me and now I really like it.

Glasshouse Galapagos (kaffir lime & cocoa butter) – I asked for this candle for Christmas a couple of years ago, because I smelled it once and instantly fell in love with the fragrance. This is more of a fruity scent so if that’s more your cup of tea than a floral or gourmand, this is worth picking up.

Glasshouse Coney Island (burnt sugar & fig) – If you ever used the Firebird/Flourish perfume oil in Sugar you will love this, because the scent is almost spot on. I want to bathe in the melted wax of this candle, it smells that good. More of a gourmand-y type scent, but still ‘fresh’ enough to be something I burn in the warmer months.

Summer Skincare Routine

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – This will continue to feature as my go-to cleanser in every seasonal skin care routine, until I run out of my slowly dwindling stash. Paula’s Choice have discontinued the Hydralight range, and as you can imagine I am not very happy about it. This is one of the best cleansers I’ve ever used – it keeps my skin clear without feeling like it’s stripping anything away, and works really well with my sensitive skin.

Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Toner – I decided to switch up my toner to something a little bit more moisturising for summer, and it’s been working wonders. I know the rule of thumb is generally to bump up your moisture in the colder months, but I feel like my skin needs it more in summer. I love this toner, and I can feel how moisturising this is compared to the others I’ve used from the Paula’s Choice range, and it leaves an almost creamy sort of feel to the skin after using it.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusion Lotion – Another of my go-to products that I’ll be using until I run out of what I have stashed away, because of course it’s been DISCONTINUED. It’ll be a sad day when I run out of this, because it’s one of my all-time favourite skin care products. It’s the perfect summer moisturiser – lightweight, soothing on the skin, and sinks into the skin well without leaving any sort of residue.

Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Masque – This is probably the best clay mask I’ve ever used. I know, those are some strong words; but it’s true. It’s so soothing on the skin, and even when it hardens up it really doesn’t feel uncomfortable at all. My face is prone to a bit of redness, especially when I remove a face mask, but for some reason that never happens when I rinse this off. If you’re in the mood to splurge a bit on a lovely face mask, I’d highly recommend this one.

Eve Lom Muslin Cloth – I use this every morning in the shower to remove my cleanser, and find that it’s a really gentle way to exfoliate my skin on a daily basis. To be honest I don’t know if it’s worth buying a brand name muslin cloth, I’m pretty sure you can buy lengths of the material from Spotlight for a whole lot less.

Ren Flash Hydro-Boost – This is something relatively new in my routine, and my skin is really loving it. I try to use this a few times a week when I want to give my skin a bit of an extra hydration boost, and I think it really shows. I’m glad a little bit of this product goes a long way, because it’s not exactly inexpensive. I’m in two minds about whether I will repurchase it, but for now I will just enjoy it.

Spring/Summer Bucket List Check-In

Earlier in the year I posted my Spring/Summer Bucket List for 2016, and I thought it was high time I checked in and let you know how I was going. So far, not so good.

– Make sweet tea on the weekends (I have made this a total of ONE time)
– Grill out on the BBQ on nice evenings (We haven’t had an opportunity to do this yet, but the weather is warming up – it was 41C today – so we definitely will be soon… I just need to bug spray the entirety of the back yard first)
– Go for walks along the beach on weekends (We went for our first coastal walk last weekend and I loved it. Sebastian on the other hand hates the ocean, so it might have to be something I do solo from now on)
– Get a professional pedicure (Not yet!)
– Host a dinner party (Also not yet!)
– Work on the garden to make it “summer BBQ” friendly (I’ve been working on this gradually, so probably by the time summer is over we’ll actually be ready for BBQ season)
– Go down south for a long weekend (We haven’t been yet, but my parents have moved down there so we’ll definitely be spending more time down there than we used to… FREE ACCOMMODATION!)
– Swim as much as possible (I have not swam once)
– Go to Adelaide for a mini holiday (We’re trying to focus on our long-term goals rather than short-term indulgences, so we postponed our Adelaide trip this season and put the money towards our savings)
– Go to the Wanneroo Show (Nope)
– Watch the movies on my Halloween ‘to-watch’ list (I managed to watch all of them except Goosebumps!)
– Make a summer-y music playlist to listen to while driving (Yes, and it’s awesome! Although to be honest I’ve been listening to nothing but Christmas carols this month)
– Read all the books on my summer reading list (Not yet…)
– Try fake tanning (lol, no)

I haven’t given up yet! There are still two and a bit months to make my bucket list dreams come true. I’m really looking forward to 2017, I feel like it’s going to be a good year for me. I’m looking to ticking all of these items off of my bucket list, and planning some more!

Summer Beauty Haul

Guess who treated herself to some new goodies? And just in time to start a project 50 (or 100?) pan next year. Excellent plan, self. My lovely girlfriends bought me a Mecca voucher for my birthday, so I started off by spending that. I’m also nearly completely out of my holy grail foundation (the Givenchy Photo Perfexion), so of course I had to place a Sephora order to replenish my stash. Following that, I decided to go all-out and place a Paula’s Choice order to round things up. But mostly that order was because I’ve had my sunscreen for too long now and I wanted to replace it. Here’s what I picked up –

Beauty Blender
Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF15 in Ivory
Clinique Face Powder & Brush in Invisible Blend
Clinique Superbalanced Makeup in Alabaster
Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF15
Karuna Hydrating Face Mask
Karuna Renewal Eye Mask
Lancome Hypnose Custom Volume Mascara in Black
Paula’s Choice CALM Redness Relief SPF 15 Mineral Moisturiser
Paula’s Choice Lip & Body Treatment Balm
Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner
REN Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Spring Skin Care Routine

My skin is currently throwing it’s standard change of season hissy fit, and I am struggling. On top of this living nightmare, I’ve also come down with a random bout of dermatitis. Nice. I’ve gone back to basics in a lot of areas of my skin care, and stopped using my standard routine until I can figure out the culprit (so far I’ve narrowed it down to two possible products that could be causing the issue). Here are the products I’m currently using in an attempt to keep my skin in check –

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – Because I wasn’t sure which of my skincare products was causing the dermatitis, I stripped everything back to basics. I’ve used Cetaphil for many years as an all over cleanser, and it’s what I return to anytime I need to use something that I know won’t have any negative effects on my skin. I’ve been loving using this lately, it’s gentle on my skin and is a nice break from my standard cleansing routine.

Kora Balancing Rose Mist – In my old faithful Paula’s Choice Hydralight toner’s place I decided to use this rose mist that I had forgotten I owned. I really love this, the only down side for me is the spray is hard and doesn’t feel pleasant on the face. Having said that, I don’t remember that happening with previous bottles of this I’ve owned, so I think I might have just got a dud one this time around.

Dermalogica Active Moist – This is one of my holy grail moisturisers, and the one I turn to whenever I’m not using the Paula’s Choice Hydralight moisturiser. This is the perfect balance of moisturising and lightweight, and is something I love using around this time of year.

Egyptian Magic – I wasn’t sure what to think of this when I purchased it, and to be honest I only bought it because Jessie Baylin noted it as one of her holy grail beauty products. As it turns out, this really is a magic product. I’ve been using this on the areas of my face suffering from Dermatitis, and some how it’s miraculously cleared up dry skin that literally nothing else I have tried has managed to do.

MD Skin Care Alpha/Beta Peel Original Formula – I’m noting this as part of my Spring routine, but really these are part of my ALL THE TIME routine, because I love them so much. I use these wipes once a week as a chemical exfoliant. They’re surpisingly gentle, and work really well with my sensitive skin. If you’re afraid to give alpha/beta hydroxy products a go due to sensitive skin, I’d recommend trying these.

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil – I bought this in the hopes it would save my dehydrated skin while we were away in Adelaide earlier in the year, and it did. If I ever have the luxury of a nap, I like to slather my face with this before hand, I always seem to wake up looking hydrated and fresh afterwards.