After recently upgrading my phone and joining the Apple community, browsing for fun and cheap cases on eBay has become a part of my day. And being broke at the same time (which has absolutely nothing to do with me buying this phone, no matter what my mother says), I found myself throwing stuff in an eBay collection which kept getting bigger and bigger and then it hit me – I can’t buy it, but I can blog about it. So here you go, a collection of useful and also useless iPhone accessories that you’re gonna want. This list is optimised for iPhone 6, but you can get the majority of these things for other Apple and non-Apple phones as well.
I am a huge body scrub junkie. For the face, I avoid scrubby cleansers as much as I can (face brush/face cloth + acids do the job in that area), but for the body I’m all over them. I’m going to talk about my most recent addition, the Afrodita sugar scrub! I’ve seen rave reviews about it before, but never bothered to purchase it until I saw a sale and well, I’d buy a goat if it were on sale. I’m so glad I got it though, it is absolutely amazing.
I’ve been promising this review for absolute ages now – I first got in some time in summer last year and have since repurchased it more times than I can count. If you know my blog at all, you will know how much of a struggle with clogged pores and acne I’ve been experiencing, and finding a moisturizing product that visibly does what it’s supposed to and at the same time doesn’t make me break out like a 15yo girl going through her first breakup, is nearly mission impossible. Throughout the past couple of months I have however been able to make a bigger difference in the quality of my skin, and while it took a whole lot of products, money, tears of joy and disappointment and just basic lifestyle changes (more of the entire process in a separate post, soon), this little gem started it all.
I’ve been unconditionally faithful to my beloved Alverde Heilerde Waschcreme for years, ever since I was an orange-headed teenager really, and while I still think it’s the absolute best if your on a budged, I’ve been aching to try something a bit more luxurious and pampering for the skin – a cleansing balm or a cleansing oil. After unsuccessfully hunting down Clinique’s TTDO and the Emma Hardie one being sold out every time I had the money, I ran straight to the shopping center upon hearing about this L’Occitane release and was thankfully not too late.
I received a couple of products recently and wanted to put this up while the holiday season is still going on – honestly, Stenders is in my opinion one of the best stores to head into when you’re on a hunt for a gift for a beauty lover. Their products are always awesome, but not something you’d necessarily buy for yourself and as you can see, the packaging, the wrapping, the scent of everything just scream ‘gift’!
Seeing as my skin is at its freaking worst at the moment, I decided to go all out and splurge on a couple skincare items – some old favourtes, some cult products and some that simply looked intriguing. I’ve been wanting the Olay Electric Face Brush set for ages and now I can finally cross it off my wishlist – along with the Melvita Rose Water Facial Spray and La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+. I also visited one of my favourite little stores, Yves Rocher, and repurchased two of my absolute favourite skincare products ever – the YR Hydra Vegetal Moisture Concentrate (absolute life saver and an eternal repurchase) and the YR Jardins de Monde Orange Shower Gel (literally my favourite shower gel on the face of Earth). A couple of weeks earlier I also bought a Bioderma Sensibio AR Moisturizer that I loved when I had a sample and now I’m not so sure anymore… I was also lucky enough to receive quite a lot of gifts and samples so I think it’s safe to say I’m set on skincare for a little while. I don’t think I’ll be doing separate reviews on every single product here, so in case you’re especially interested in anything, do let me know!
Empties are probably my favourite kind of posts to read and write, there’s so much info on a variety of completely different products and I feel like the reviews are really thorough since you’ve actually gotten to use up the product and test it out as much as you could.
I’m not usually a fan of warm, sweet, creamy scents, but when winter strikes, I do sometimes feel like lathering myself up with a rich, nutty shower gel. I got this Afrodita gift set at my local grocery store while shopping for milk and toast and boy am I glad I did. Both products came in a lovely packaging (which my dear roommate threw away before I could snap a shot, but she makes me coffee so we’re calling it even) and for a fabulous price. Aside for the pleasant scent that is completely cut out or these festive weeks, both products are really moisturizing and really low maintenance, which I really appreciate – I am never lazier than on cold winter nights, which makes keeping decent skin quite troublesome. After showering with the oil shower gel, I quickly slap on some body milk while still damp (it is extremely easy to spread and sinks in in a second), jump into my flannel PJs and I’m set. And if you’re like me and actually have way too many shower gels and body lotions and just cannot justify getting a single one more, this makes a lovely and cheap gift for basically anyone – we all need to shower and have chapped elbows round this time of year, right?
A couple of months or so ago I’ve attended a wonderful blogger event hosted by the amazing Cosnova crew. I am way too late to the party to go into detail about the even and how oh so fancy it was, so I will just link the detailed blogposts by other invitees at the end of mine. Fast forward a bit, we got a bajillion new products to try out and for this post to have a sense, I decided to point out the ones that stole my heart and a sure place in my daily makeup routine.
I got sent this Stenders duo that is perfect for any passionate chocolate lover out there. I’ll be honest, I don’t recognize much of the vanilla, which kind of saddens me because the scent is very strong and I’m not too big on chocolate in general *sorry*. Scent wise, it all comes down to personal taste here. Otherwise, the shower gel is really lovely, creamy and ladders up perfectly. Can I really say more about a shower gel? The body scrub on the other hand I LOVED from the beginning, it made my skin soooo so so soft and due to the indulging scent, the whole experience was really pampering. But then, not even a month later, something really odd happened; I wanted to scrub the day away and upon unscrewing the lid, I discovered this. I do not know if this was my jar only or did I not store it correctly…. Either way, it was a very sad day. You can check out all of the yummy pampering stuff by Stenders here.