Asian Skincare

There are so many new products to try when I go to Malaysia but Hada Labo has always been a favourite and this time I discovered these two products from the exfoliating range – the Mild Peeling Lotion and the Mild Exfoliating Face wash. Both these products contain AHAs and BHAs as the exfoliants which as you probably know are very effective as getting rid of dead skin and other nasties. This leaves your skin brighter, cleaner and helps to rejuvenate the skin’s surface.

Both of these are very mild and can be used everyday. I love these and will be re-stocking whenever I go back!

Next is a new discovery – Bio-Essence. I only decided to try these two “bio-gold waters”. One in Gold and the other Rose Gold. The blurb says they tackle the following –

1. Fine Pores – Tightens unsightly enlarged pores
2. Firm and Supple – Improves skin’s elasticity to prevent sagging
3. Wrinkle defy – Plumps up skin to defy wrinkles and fine lines
4. Sebum balanced – Regulates moisture and sebum balance
5. Energized – Activates skin renewal for a youthful skin
6. Luminous radiance – Restores a naturally glowing complexion

The Rose Gold is also infused with unique Japanese rose extract – Eijitsu, which helps to quench skin with much needed hydration and refine pores.

They are quite viscous and therefore you don’t need to use much. I can definitely feel the hydrating benefits – the rest I will wait and see. BUT I really do like these in the winter, after my exfoliating toner and before my moisturiser to give me added moisture.


Bath and Bodyworks

I discovered Bath and Bodyworks when I was in Malaysia and I have to admit that I became ever so slightly obsessed and bought too many things! The interesting thing is that the packaging verges on tacky but for some reason that works! I love the slightly retro feel and have to admit the scents are amazing!

My favourite product is the shimmer mist so I got them in three different scents – Warm Vanilla, Japanese Cherry Blossom and Magic in the Air. These scents are infused with beautiful shimmery particles that you can use on your hair and body. The scent really lasts and the shimmer looks amazing!

Warm Vanilla Sugar smells like – vanilla & sheer florals.

Japanese Cheery Blossom smells of cherry blossoms, crisp pears, mimosa petals & sweet sandalwood

Main the Air smells of almond flower, white iris & whipped vanilla

I had to get the Warm Vanilla body mist just because I wanted a non-shimmer version for everyday

The I had to get the Magic in the Air Body Foaming Sugar Scrub.

They were out of stock of the Vanilla so I had to get the Pink Cashmere instead! This smells of pink jasmine, creamy sandalwood & white amber. The scrubs are thick and moisturising and a real pleasure to use, leaving you smelling amazing.

Then I spotted the hand washes so ended up with these two – Vanilla (again) and Gardenia. These are the Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps which are mean to be like “a 60-second manicure..specially formulated to effectively cleanse and exfoliate, while conditioning Aloe and Vitamin E leave hands feeling soft and smooth”.

I love all these products and probably would have got more if I could have fitted them into my suitcase!


Three Cleansers

I love a good cleanser and I have really been enjoying these three affordable options.

First is the Garnier Oil Infused Micellar Water (5.99). I use this as my first cleanse when I am wearing a bit more makeup than usual or waterproof mascara. It really gets everything off but for me is never enough on its own. I use cotton wool soaked in this and always follow this with another richer cleanser like the next two.

Next is a lovely Milky Cleansing Oil by Melvita (£13). This smells divine, of course of roses. This oil to milk formula is wonderful to get your skin clean without drying. I use this on dry skin and the use a wet hot cloth to take it off.

Finally this Vitamin E Cream Cleanser by the Body Shop is great basic cleanser (£7.50). Its no fuss easy to use & gets everything off. I again use this on dry skin and remove with a wet hot cloth.

I am definitely more of hot cloth cleanser fan but the micellar water is a good starting point. I just love cleansers that really clean my skin without drying and also feel like they are doing something good too!


The Best Shower Oil?

This is a giant bottle of the Bioderma Atoderm Shower Oil (£13.50). I wanted a moisturising shower oil as the weather changes and my skin gets drier. This is an ultra-nourishing oil that cleanses, restores lipids and soothes
The texture is really creamy and silky, with a  subtle scent and it is non-greasy.

A great purchase if you have dry sensitive skin or just like shower oils!

Body Shop Perfume

I love scents that make me think of incense. This perfume from Body Shop was a very pleasant surprise. Its called Nigritella Oriental Orchid (£28) and smells divine! Its floral but musky with vanilla and tuberose alongside the red vanilla orchid.

As you can see I have finished this bottle and am torn between buying this again or trying another one from their range – Bowhanti Spicy Woods smelt incredible too!

A treat for your hands

This is a very indulgent purchase but Aesop hand washes are legendary and this one even more so as it is exfoliating as well as smelling incredible!

This is the Reverance Aromatique Hand Wash (£27) with finely milled pumice.  Its not the easiest to find online but in store its always available. I just think its such a lovely addition to any bathroom!


I recently discovered this brand when I was in France and have fallen in love with the concept and products. Its called Sanoflore and its produced in the Vercors Regional Natural Park where they have their natural laboratory and botanical gardens. Everything is organic and 100% natural origins.

The two products I have tried so far have completely blown me away and even better the price is very reasonable!

First is the Chamomile Noble Bio Floral Water (£10) which consists of “organic Chamomile distilled and fresh, soothing and softening on the skin, with illuminating properties for any hair. Paraben free.” So basically a face and hair mist! Never heard of that but was totally intrigued. As a face mist it is gorgeous and light and refreshing. As a hair mist its incredible. My hair is softer, shinier and just better!

The other product is an aromatic regenerating sleeping mask (£19).This has essential oils of Pelargonium and Melissa Officinalis. The scent is beautiful and meant to help with sleep. You can either apply as a face mask with a thick layer and remove; or as a thin layer and leave it on all night. It has a rich balmy texture which I love.

Both are products I would absolutely repurchase and am now desperate to try more (Feel Unique sells this brand)