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Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Know your ingredients: Niacinamide

October 05, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Today I am starting a new blog series titled Know your ingredients, in which I will highlight a specific active ingredient

I chose to focus on niacinamide as my first ingredient. Why? Because if I had to pick one active ingredient that I can safely recommend to anyone, it would be niacinamide. 

Also known as vitamin B3 or nicotinamide, this ingredient can be used by almost everyone. Niacinamide is a versatile skincare ingredient that is used for a wide range of skin conditions. Niacinamide also helps the skin produce more ceramides, helping maintain a healthy skin barrier. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal for treating acne, rosacea and other inflammatory conditions. Because of this, it is recommended for those with sensitive skin. Besides, niacinamide helps reduce the appearance of pores by regulating sebum. It can help combat hyperpigmentation and even help smooth lines and wrinkles. These properties make this super ingredient suitable for all ages, from teens to those with mature skin.

skincare serum
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Niacinamide has very low irritancy although, in high concentrations (10% and over) can cause flushing and irritation in sensitive skin. I use a 15% niacinamide serum in the morning because I know my skin can handle it. Then, I use a different serum at nighttime. However, it can be used morning and night. Studies show that niacinamide is effective at 2% - 5% concentration. You can layer a niacinamide serum with other serums but always be careful when mixing two potent active ingredients. By doing so, you increase the potential for irritation.

Adding topical niacinamide to your skincare routine is simple and low-risk: Buy a product that contains it, and apply it as directed. 

Do you use niacinamide in your skincare routine? What is your favourite active ingredient? Leave a comment and let me know!

Talk to you soon!

Monday, October 03, 2022

Cosette's Beauty Pantry has a new logo

October 03, 2022 2 Comments

 Hello everyone!

I had a different post planned for today, but this past weekend, I finally took the plunge and changed the site's logo, so I had to tell you about it. I've been thinking about updating or changing my logo for a while now. 

On one hand, I did like the old logo and was used to using it. On the other hand, I felt that it no longer represented the site's content. At the beginning of my blogging journey, Cosette's Beauty Pantry's main content was beauty and skincare-focused. As I mature and my interests change and widen, my content also changes with me. 

the old and the new logos

The old logo looked like a skincare logo; it fit my blog perfectly at the time I started using it. This new logo represents me more; literally! The curly/wavey hair brunette in the logo looks like a depiction of me. I wanted to make the logo more personal, something that characterised me. When I came across this logo image, I knew immediately that I had found the perfect logo for my website. The profile of the woman in the image is virtually identical to mine. I was instantly drawn to it!  

I also decided to include the words Est. 2010 below the website's name. Twelve years is a long time and an important anniversary for any blog or website, so I felt this was a perfect way to show how far Cosette's Beauty Pantry has come.

I'm working on plenty of skincare, lifestyle and self-care posts, so stay tuned. I'll do my best and try to stick to my schedule of posting three times a week. I post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I also post a weekly recap every Sunday.

What do you think of my new logo? Which logo do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below!

Talk to you soon!

Sunday, October 02, 2022

Weekly recap 26 September - 02 October

October 02, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone, happy Sunday!

My weekly recaps are back: a blog series where I recap what I published on Cosette's Beauty Pantry during the week. So much happens in a week. So, if you have been too busy to read my posts, now is the time to catch up!

On Monday, I wrote about head lice prevention and shared ways you can use essential oils to ward them off. Then, on Wednesday, I shared some autumn-inspired centrepieces to give you some seasonal decor inspiration ideas. And finally, on Friday, I posted about the new Hocus Pocus movie that began streaming that same day. (links below)

blog recap collage

September 26, 2022 - DIY: Head lice prevention
September 28, 2022 - Autumn centrepieces decor ideas
September 30, 2022 - The Sanderson sisters are back in Hocus Pocus 2

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Friday, September 30, 2022

The Sanderson sisters are back in Hocus Pocus 2

September 30, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

The Sanderson sisters are back... 

Today was a rainy day, a perfect day to watch a Halloween movie. Although the holiday is still a month away, it's never too early to start getting ready for the spooky season, right?! Luckily, Hocus Pocus 2 went live on Disney+ today, and I just had to watch it before anyone spoils it for me. I love to watch movies first and then read reviews later because I want to be able to judge them myself without biases or influence by other people.

This post is not a movie review and will not contain any spoilers!

Hocus Pocus 2 movie poster

For many millennials, myself included, the 1993 Disney comedy Hocus Pocus was/is an essential part of every Halloween. It was a must-watch for so many of us growing up. It particularly appealed to my younger self, who always fancied herself a little witch growing up. While other little girls wanted to dress up as and literally be princesses, I wanted to be a witch; a good, natural witch, to be specific. 

Fans have channelled the Sanderson sisters with Halloween costumes, cited iconic lines from Hocus Pocus and even made it an annual tradition to watch the cult movie for Halloween. Now, 29 years later, the Sanderson sisters are back for the much-anticipated sequel. 

In the new movie, Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson (played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, respectively) are accidentally brought back on Halloween, when the black flame candle is lit again. This time we also learn more about the Sanderson sisters’ origin story.

The movie holds a special place in the hearts of many fans for what it represents. The sequel appeals to us who grow up watching the original every year because of the power of nostalgia. In fact, there are plenty of Hocus Pocus references in the sequel. I enjoyed watching the Sanderson sister and Book, back on screen! In my opinion, Hocus Pocus 2 is a fun movie that all the family can enjoy watching together. 

Are you a fan of the original Hocus Pocus? Did you watch, or will you be watching the sequel this Halloween? 

Talk to you soon!

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Autumn centrepieces decor ideas

September 28, 2022 1 Comments

Hello everyone!

A week ago, I posted some ideas for ways to bring autumn (fall) into your home. I love the colours of autumn and the idea of bringing them indoors through seasonal decor. Today I prepared a few simple ideas; I want to give you a little inspiration by sharing some beautiful autumn centrepieces. Each one is easy to recreate and will bring cosy autumn vibes to your dining table, coffee table or sideboard.

autumn decor


A centrepiece that showcases autumn leaves is a perfect way to bring the season's colours indoors. Cut some leaf-filled branches to create a simple and stunning autumn centrepiece. 

autumn centrepiece

autumn leaves vase


Sunflowers usually bloom in the summer but are often used in autumn arrangements because of their rich golden colour.

autumn sunflowers

Chrysanthemums (Mums)

In some European countries, including Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Malta and Spain, mums symbolise death and grief. Mums are only given in time of mourning. But, on the other hand, in the UK and US chrysanthemums symbolise cheerfulness, joy, optimism, and longevity

If you live in a country that does not associate this beautiful autumn flower with death, you should use it in your centrepiece. Mixing chrysanthemums with herbs and twigs will give the arrangement a more rustic charm.


Pumpkin vase

Use a real or fake pumpkin to create a pumpkin vase centrepiece. Add the flowers and leaves of your choice. 

pumpkin vase

Dried foliage

If you're looking for a clean and trendy autumn-inspired arrangement, you will love dried leaves, flowers and wheat arrangements.

dried flowers in vase

autumn wheat arrangements

autumn wheat arrangements

autumn wheat arrangements

Amber vases

Amber glass is the perfect finish to use in fall centrepieces. Try arranging several amber glass vases together, then add fall foliage to each one. You could also bring out the rich orangey gold glow of the glass by adding fairy lights.

amber glass vase with flowers

amber glass vase

Seasonal fruits and nuts

If you don't want to use flowers or foliage, you could assemble a centrepiece of seasonal fruits and nuts. 

pumpkin autumn decor

pumpkin autumn decor

Nut-filled glass vases 

Glass vases filled with nuts such as acorns, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc. You could add a candle in the middle to make a low-maintenance, long-lasting centrepiece.

walnut filled glass vase with candle

I tried to include a few different centrepieces that though being autumn-inspired, do not necessarily look like Halloween or Thanksgiving decor. I believe these decorations would look good in any home, even in countries that do not celebrate Thanksgiving! 

If you enjoy this type of content, let me know in the comments section below. 

Talk to you soon!