• Yves Rocher shower gel
    Bath and body care

    Almonds for autumn: Marnys Sweet Almond Oil & Yves Rocher Shower Gel

    Sweet almond oil isn’t my favorite cosmetic oil, there are others I like more like apricot kernel oil, and avocado kernel oil; still, I consider it a staple in my bathroom cabinet, and I end up using it often for a variety of purposes. So when I chanced upon this sweet almond oil by Marnys in a health-food shop, into the basket it went. I use this brands’ carrier oils often: the quality is always good, and they are manufactured nearby by a local business, which makes it even sweeter. Also, this one’s a nice half-liter bottle (almost 17 oz) for 10€, which is great if you use it as…

  • Mercadona sun lotion SPF 50
    Bath and body care,  Facial skincare

    Sun protection & sultry looks: Mercadona SPF 50 sun lotion for sensitive skin + summer essentials

    Curiously enough, even though I await summer eagerly all year, I’m also all for being exposed to bosses, relatives and sunshine as little as possible… other than that, I enjoy sultry weather and the state of mind that comes with it, hanging out outdoors with a few chosen… and since my tolerance to heat is high 😈 I enjoy the Schadenfreude I get from seeing others suffer as I suffer in wintertime, while I’m all: via GIPHYBut anyway, onto the review: not long ago I was using this sun lotion SPF 50 from supermarket Mercadona that, while okay in a pinch, isn’t something I can see myself using forever and…

  • Ecotools Brushes and TONYMOLY Bamboo Gel
    Bath and body care,  Facial skincare,  Makeup

    Bamboo Beauty Review: Ecotools Brushes and TONYMOLY Bamboo Gel

    I’ve been eyeing the Ecotools brushes for ages, and now these are mine mine mine… there isn’t much more left to be said about this brand, which has certainly become popular in the Spanish beauty blogosphere and beyond, with good reason: they are great value for the price, and as eco-friendly as a consumer product can get. As for the TONYMOLY bamboo gel, I bought this after an unfortunate incident with a DIY mask (an aside: learn from my mistakes and leave this stuff to those who know what they’re doing); long story short, I used up the last bit of aloe gel I had left to calm my skin…

  • CK IN2U Her and L’Occitane Verveine
    Bath and body care

    Scents of this summer: CK IN2U For Her & Verveine by L’Occitane

    I am what could be termed a perfume serial monogamist: when I open one, I wear it without alternating with any other until is all used up, and then and only then I’ll start a new one, which is never the same one, and rarely it is one I’ve used in the past. Nevertheless, this summer I broke with that long habit forced by circumstance: in late spring I started using “IN2U for her” by Calvin Klein, and not long after that I decided to switch to “Verveine” by L’Occitane. CK IN2U For Her I got this months ago for my birthday, and when I opened my gift I thought…

  • Pantalla solar Sun Med y stick labial Piz Buin
    Bath and body care,  Facial skincare

    Sun protection for pre-summer: Sun Med lotion and Piz Buin sun lipstick

    And I’m back again! I like warm weather, I do, that’s one of the reasons why I live where I live, but between the summer preview we’re experiencing, and other circumstances I’ve needed to conserve my energy… anyhow, I’m here again, and my back-to-blogging review is all about SPF, of course. In case you find yourself sunscreen-less in the middle of your Spanish holiday and need to locate a bottle ASAP, the sun lotion in the pic can be found in supermarket chain Mercadona, and is as good an inexpensive option as you can find. I’d never seen this brand before, which is offered in the chain’s newest suncare line,…

  • Sephora monoï velvet cream
    Bath and body care

    Smells like getaway: Deliplus Exotic Shampoo and Sephora Monoï velvet cream

    I adore aromas with a touch of the exotic, which almost always put me in a good mood, and apparently they’re something my fam and friends tend to associate with me (silly as it is, this makes me happy). So, both of the products reviewed today were given to me by two friends of mine who know my weakness. Deliplus Exotic Shampoo In short, it’s just your regular inexpensive, supermarket-brand (Mercadona) shampoo for the most part; there’s SLES in the formula, but it is silicone- and paraben-free in case this is something you avoid – personally, I don’t go out of my way to avoid these things in products. In…

  • Sephora Coconut Milk Body Lotion
    Bath and body care

    Coco-binge: coconut body care from Sephora and Marnys

    Last time I was in Sephora I was eyeing the Color Line they launched a little while ago, especially the coconut lipbalm and micellar water… in the end I decided not to bite, though the temptation was strong… I ADORE most things coconut-scented, but I’m afraid of coconut oil because it’s known to be highly comedogenic, so I avoid any and all facial products that have it, and stick to coconut body care. Since my curiosity was piqued, when I got home I snooped Sephora’s web to have a look at the products’ INCI before buying… Sephora’s Spain site doesn’t bother to list anything resembling a proper list of ingredients…

  • 24 de diciembre
    Bath and body care,  Facial skincare

    Winter suncare: my body and lip care during these holidays

    At this point, it’s no longer necessary to tell you that UVA rays (the bad guys, the melanoma and aging ones) are at it all year long so long as there’s daylight, right? No matter if it’s winter, if it’s overcast, cold, dreary, miserable, etc. So I wear sunscreen year-round, a habit I’m glad I got into from a very young age. Besides, I’ve never been much of a sun bunny anyway. For some reason that’s still a mystery to me, this summer I broke a personal run, and accepted not one, but two invitations to go to the pool; that is, going to the pool to swim, not lounge…