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Monday, December 06, 2021

Best vegan and cruelty-free palettes for gifting 🎁

December 06, 2021 2 Comments

Hello everyone!


It's that time of the year again; time for Christmas gift shopping! Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be very time-consuming. When shopping for Christmas gifts, I always choose vegan and cruelty-free gifts. 


Many of you ask me about cruelty-free makeup and what it is exactly. Here's what you need to know: Vegan makeup describes makeup that hasn't been formulated with any animal products or byproducts. Cruelty-free means that the product itself hasn't been tested on animals and that any raw materials used in making it weren't tested on animals, either. A product can be both, or one but not the other. Not all vegan products are cruelty-free and not all cruelty-free products are vegan!


makeup palette

Palettes are pretty much a no-brainer when it comes to beauty gifts. They are pretty and have tons of shades. Makeup palettes vary in shapes, sizes, tones and prices. However, not all palettes are created equal, so I’ve created a list of the most giftable makeup palettes this holiday season. 


These are my top picks:

  1. Morphe x Coca-Cola Cheerfully Cherry artistry palette 18.5g • Morphe • $28
  2. Curator five-pan eyeshadow palette 5g • Hourglass • $180
  3. HAUS LABORATORIES by Lady Gaga: Limited Edition LOVE FOR SALE SHADOW PALETTE 18 Shade Palette | New Innovative Formulas | Eye Makeup with Pigmented Matte Metallic Shimmer & Sheer Sparkle Finishes • $48
  4. Ambient Lighting Edit Universe Face Palette • Hourglass • $80
  5. Wanderlust Palette • Forever 21 • $17
  6. Mineralist eyeshadow palette 7.8g • bareMinerals • $32.50
  7. Lil Extra artistry palette 11.1g • Morphe • $14
  8. Pacifica Beauty Stellar Gaze Eye Shadow Palette 28 Eyeshadow Shades Mineral Eyeshadow Matte Shimmer and Glitter Mica Shades Vitamin E Made from 100% Recyclable Paper Vegan and Cruelty-Free • Pacifica • $24
  9. e.l.f. Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette - Sunset 10 Ultra-Pigmented Matte & Shimmer Shades 0.42 Oz (12g) • Elf • $6.30
  10. Morphe x Ashley Strong Strong Affirmation Magic Artistry eyeshadow palette 18g • Morphe • $23
  11. Pacifica Beauty • Pacifica • $13.99
  12. Mellow Cosmetics Eyeshadow Quad • $28
  13. Barry M Cosmetics - Nude & Neutral Rich Eyeshadow Palette - Rich • Barry M • $12.99
  14. Sunkissed Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette • $7.99
  15. Barry M Cosmetics - Nude & Neutral Subtle Eyeshadow Palette - Subtle • Barry M • $12.99
  16. Sunkissed Sweet Sunrise Ultimate Face Palette • $7.99
  17. Honest Beauty Liquid Eyeliner Vegan Smudge Flake Transfer Proof Carbon Free Silicone Free Cruelty-Free Ophthalmologist Tested with Get It Together Eyeshadow Palette with 10 Pigment-Rich Shades • Honest Beauty • $29.98
  18. Mystic Haze Mini PRO Eyeshadow Palette • LORAC • $15
  19. Fairytale Forest PRO Eyeshadow Palette • LORAC • $35
  20. Mineralist Eyeshadow Palette • bareMinerals • $32
  21. ROEN Gold Lust 4 Palette • Roen • $46

All twenty-one (21) palettes are vegan and cruelty-free! Which palette is your favourite? Let me know in the comment section below!

PETA cruelty-free and vegan logo
Happy gift shopping!




Monday, November 15, 2021

Q&A | Face oils vs serums: What's the difference?

November 15, 2021 1 Comments

 Hello everyone!


Over the years, I've had many readers and Facebook Page followers ask me skincare and beauty related questions. Very frequently, I get similar questions again and again. So I thought it would be beneficial to share some of these FAQs in a new series. 


The first question in the Q&A series comes from a Facebook follower who sent me this message:


"What is the difference between a face oil and a serum? Do I need to use them both? How do I choose between a face oil and a serum?"


This is a great question! Both serums and facial oils can serve a purpose in your routine. Some oils are now marketed as serums which can be somewhat confusing.


skincare products in glass packaging

Facial serums are used to target specific skin concerns (such as wrinkles, fine lines, dullness, dryness, acne, irritation and redness) whereas face oils are primarily intended to nourish, protect and moisturise. For this reason, serums tend to be more expensive than oils. 


Some of the things serum can do include:

  • Treat hyper-pigmentation
  • Brighten, smooth and firm skin
  • Repair sun damage
  • Exfoliate away dead skin cells and speed up cell turnover
  • Calm red, puffy skin
  • Fight acne and future breakouts
  • Reduce the appearance of pores and prevent them from being clogged


You can use both serum and face oil in your routine. As a rule of thumb, it is recommended to apply products in order from lightest to heaviest. For oils and serums, that usually means applying serums (which are often water-based) first. 


Both can be derived from complex oil blends, but serums, are typically lighter weight and best layered under a moisturiser. After the serum absorbs into your skin, you can apply moisturiser. Face oils are occlusive, meaning they seal in all the ingredients and moisture you just applied to your face to keep them from evaporating quickly. Apply face oil last in your routine as this acts as a barrier on the outer layer of the skin.


Oils are designed to protect the skin from changes in weather and temperatures whilst also retaining moisture, repairing the skin’s barrier, keeping it supple and providing a source of antioxidants, fatty acids and vitamins. When used as the final step in your skincare routine, they prevent the serum from evaporating from the skin. 


If you want to use both a serum and facial oil, but not simultaneously, you can designate one formula for your morning routine and the other for your nighttime routine. If you’re doing this, I’d recommend using the serum for daytime, since it’s typically lighter in texture. Then, apply a richer oil at night to protect, hydrate and nourish your skin.


face oils


Some tips on how to use:


Face serum

  • Choose a serum formulated for your skincare needs. 
  • Apply prior to moisturiser and oil but after cleansing and toning.
  • Press into the skin.
  • Use once per day, either in the morning or evening, as this is sufficient for the potency of most serums.


Face oil 

  • Use 2-5 drops.
  • Massage into the face and neck - Apply on damp skin to trap in moisture.
  • Always use after your toner, serum, or moisturiser.
  • Apply last in your routine 
  • Start with applying it in the evening as this is when the skin has time to rest and repair.


Both products are highly concentrated and frequently come in a glass bottle with a dropper or pump for easy application.


I hope you found this information helpful. If you have any questions you want me to answer in future Q&A posts, leave your questions in the comment section below!

 


Friday, November 05, 2021

How to make your beauty routine more sustainable

November 05, 2021 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Sustainable, zero-waste beauty routines have become one of the biggest beauty trends as of late. Thanks to increased awareness, the beauty industry is finally waking up, with more consumers demanding cleaner, sustainably packaged beauty products. Even if you’re not ready to commit to a zero-waste lifestyle just yet, it’s easy to tweak your skin, hair, and makeup routines to benefit the planet. Luckily, many beauty brands are rising to the challenge with waste-free packaging and ethically sourced ingredients. 


Here are a few simple ways to make your routine greener and cleaner.


  1. Cut down on plastic.
  2. Buy products with eco-friendly packaging.
  3. Go package free.
  4. Choose recyclable packaging.
  5. Choose refillable packaging.
  6. Recycle or re-use your product containers.
  7. Use eco-friendly ingredients.
  8. Avoid microplastics.
  9. Do not use single-use products.
  10. Reduce your water usage.
  11. Shop from brands that give back to the planet.


bathroom sink


Concrete examples:


  • Switch to a sustainable bamboo toothbrush.
  • Use natural toothpaste or toothpowder.
  • Use mouthwash tablets or oil pulling mouthwash.
  • Switch to a traditional stainless-steel razor.
  • Switch to soap bars
  • Use shampoo bars and conditioners.
  • Use facial cleansing bars.
  • Invest in some reusable makeup remover pads and washcloths. 
  • Use plastic-free cotton buds.
  • Do not leave the water running.

soap bar

Take care of our planet with these simple tips!



Monday, November 01, 2021

Ten (10) key skincare tips for autumn

November 01, 2021 1 Comments

Hello everyone!


It has been raining for days so I can finally say that, autumn weather is here! There are many reasons you may feel the need to change your skincare products: breakouts, dryness, sensitivity, etc. A common reason for updating your skincare regimen is seasonal change. As the environment around you changes, so should your skincare routine. 


Does your skin need some extra TLC after summer? (related post)


No matter where you live, the autumn months are generally cooler and drier than summer. Malta, the island where I live, remains very humid throughout the year, thanks to the surrounding sea. 


This is how autumn weather affects your skin:

  • Cooler temperatures increase the skin’s proneness to dryness and dehydration
  • The skin may experience more irritation, redness, and inflammation due to the weather conditions like wind and rain. 


If you live in low humidity:

  • Low humidity levels can aggravate skin conditions like eczema and rosacea.
  • In dry weather the skin produces more sebum, leading to more breakouts.


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mother and daughter wearing autumn clothing

Ten (10) key skincare tips for autumn:

  1. Hydrate from the inside out - Drink more water, consume hydrate foods, invest in a humidifier, and use hydrating serums and moisturisers. Look for humectant ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin
  2. Swap light moisturisers for thicker creams - This is the time to use more emollient and occlusive ingredients. Emollients soften the skin, making it less prone to dryness and roughness. While occlusives form a seal around the skin to keep the water locked in. (Examples of emollients: mineral oil, shea butter, petroleum, ceramides, and fatty acids. Examples of occlusives: squalene, beeswax, lanolin, petrolatum, and paraffin.) 
  3. Use SPF - You need sunscreen in the fall. This will prevent sunburns and free radical damage that accelerates skin ageing.
  4. Exfoliate less - Focus on moisturising and protecting. You can continue using a gentle exfoliator but avoid over-exfoliating.
  5. Take care of your lips - Apply a lip balm throughout the day. Look for one with SPF.
  6. A body lotion is a must - The best time to apply a body moisturiser is right after your shower. This will help seal in that water, so you won’t suffer from dry skin.
  7. Avoid stripping ingredients - Avoid ingredients that strip the skin, such as fragrance and alcohol. Look for products that are suitable for sensitive skin.
  8. Use a hydrating cleanser - Look for a cleanser that’s gentle yet hydrating. Avoid foaming cleansers as they tend to be drying. Instead, opt for a cream cleanser or an oil-based cleanser.
  9. Use facial oils - Rosehip oil can be a perfect addition to your skincare routine.
  10. Avoid irritating ingredients - One way to reduce skin irritation during the fall is to avoid irritating ingredients. Some irritating ingredients include fragrance, alcohol, strong acids, sulfates, and essential oils

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Beauty heck | Baby shampoo as a face wash

April 15, 2021 6 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share a little heck with you.  A week ago, I started using Johnson's Baby Chamomile Shampoo instead of my regular facial cleanser.  I always favoured a foaming face wash over a milky or creamy cleanser.  I used it a few times as an eye makeup remover and decided to try and wash my face with it and see what happens.  

Some of the products out there are too harsh and strip all the natural oil from the face.  I also tend to be a little sceptical of products with very long ingredients lists.  Here's the ingredient list of  Johnson's Baby Chamomile Shampoo:

Aqua, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Polyquaternium-10, Coconut Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, PEG-150 Distearate, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, BHT, Sodium Benzoate, Parfum 

Johnson's baby shampoo is free from dyes, parabens, phthalates, sulphates, alcohol, and soap and has been proven to be gentle to use on babies and young children.  Baby shampoo is tear-free, so you can rub around your eyes without worrying about burning or irritation.  This makes it an excellent eye makeup remover; it's especially good at taking off stubborn mascara and pencil in the waterline.  If you are sensitive to fragrances and want to try this heck, choose a fragrance-free or unscented baby shampoo.

If you try it and do not like it, or it does not work for your skin you can; 
  • Use it to clean your makeup brushes and sponges.
  • Replace your shaving cream with it.
  • Wash your dog with it (or any other pet).  I use it to wash my pup's tear stains!  When I used to have guinea pigs I used to wash them with baby shampoo too.

I'm going to try it for a month to give it a fair shot.  You need to use a product for roughly a month before you can see a difference.  So far, it's working just as well as any other facial wash.  It's not too drying and leaves my skin soft and dewy, but not oily.

Have you ever tried baby shampoo as a face wash?  Did you like it?  Leave a comment and let me know!

XOXO, Cosette





Sunday, January 03, 2021

Favourite curl creams / leave-in conditioners of 2020

January 03, 2021 1 Comments
Hello everyone and Happy New Year! 

In this first post of the year, I want to share with you some of my favourite hair care products.  As I previously told you; I've been wearing my hair, exclusively, in its naturally wavy/curly state (2c/3a) since June 2019.  Using a curl cream or a leave-in conditioner is an important step in my curly routine, one I cannot skip.  

Here are the four (4) hair creams I purchased and repurchased in 2020...

curl creams and leave-in conditioners


The reason I use four different leave-ins is that I rotate between them, and use the cream that my hair needs on that particularly wash day.  Your hair should maintain a balance between moisture and protein and finding and maintaining the balance between these two is critical for achieving and maintaining healthy hair.  Neither protein nor moisture can work well without the other.

When my hair feels a bit dry and is in dire need of moisture, I use the Garnier Fructis Aloe Vera Air-Dry Cream.  This product is very moisture-rich and it does an amazing job at hydrating dry hair.  It is ideal for dehydrated hair, highly moisturising, with aloe vera extract and vegetable glycerin.

On the other end of the spectrum, if my hair feels over moisturised and needs protein, I use the Garnier Fructis Hydra Liss 10 in 1 Air Dry Cream.  This product is rich in protein and it also acts as a heat protectant.  In fact, it claims to be a ten actions in one product; heat protection, anti-frizz, anti-humidity, anti-breakage, anti-split ends, repairs, moisturises, softens, gives shine and does not weight down hair.  This leave-in treatment is enriched with argan oil and liquid amino-keratin.

I use the Suave Professionals Curl Defining Cream (with natural shea butter and pure coconut oil) when my hair is balanced and doesn't need more moisture than protein or vice versa.  Coconut oil does not contain proteins itself, it is composed of approximately 50% lauric acid which helps restore and strengthen the protein structure of your hair.  This product enhances my natural curl pattern and helps fight frizz while adding moisture and shine.  I only use a small amount of this cream as it tends to weigh down my hair if I use too much.

The Garnier Fructis Hydra Ricci Air-Dry Cream, has a little bit of hold, that the other three hair cream I use do not.  It does a good job at defining my curls, however, I still need to use a mousse or gel on top for hold (as I do with any cream I use).  This leave-in treatment is enriched with pistachio oil and in fact, it spells just like pistachio.

These products are very affordable and work well for my hair type.  If you use strictly CG (curly girl method) approved products, you can try the Garnier Fructis Aloe Vera Air Dry Cream; it is the only one of the four hair creams I mentioned that is silicone-free.  

Personally, I do not use sulphates or silicones in my shampoos and conditioners, but I don't mind using silicone in my stylers.  Here in Malta, the air is very humid all year round and the silicone in my stylers create a barrier against the moisture in the air.  I tried following the curly girl method to a T but my hair loves silicone curl creams and leave-in conditioners. 


What are your favourite leave-in hair products?


Wishing you a year fully loaded with happiness.




Monday, September 07, 2020

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Party Princess ✨

September 07, 2020 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today's post is a nails of the day.  I haven’t posted one of these in ages!  You can view previous NOTD posts here.  This is what I'm currently wearing... 


This pretty nail polish colour is called Party Princess (07) by Essence.  


I did not know it is this sheer until I applied the first coat.  The first coat coloured my nail a sheer pink with some glitter.  I thought it looked super cute… for little girls, that is!  


I applied a second coat of nail polish, and this time it looked much better.  


This nail polish is pink with glitter, very girly and pretty.  


I don’t hate it but I think it’s perfect for little girls that want to feel like a “Princess”!  What do you think?   


Even though I'm a grown woman, I'm still going to keep using this nail polish and enjoy my sparkly manicures. 


Do you wear glitter nail polish?  Leave a comment below and let me know!


Have an awesome day!


Thursday, May 21, 2020

Shhh... It's a beauty secret! #04 | The best facial cleanser EVER!

May 21, 2020 1 Comments
Hello everyone!

Today I want to share my number one secret for moisturised, plump, soft, and glowing skin.  It's neither a fancy face cream nor one of my usual DIY recipes.  It's actually something I never thought I'd use on my face at all. 

Shhh... It's a beauty secret!

Years ago I wrote about the many benefits of vegetable glycerin in a post titled: Vegetable glycerin for glowing skin! and I also shared a recipe for a DIY make-up setting spray containing glycerin as a key ingredient.  I've also been using glycerin soap on and off in the shower for quite some time but I never used it to wash my face with, until recently.  

I had a new, unopened jasmine glycerin soap in my bathroom and since my face was a little dry I decided, on a hunch, to try the soap as a face cleanser.  I used it at night before I went to sleep and let me tell you I was shocked at how soft and hydrated my skin was after just one use.  The next morning my face was visibly plumper and my skin was glowing, so I decided I should keep using it to see if the result were consistent.

Glycerin soap

Now, as you can see from the pictures below, I've been using the soap for a few weeks and I absolutely love it.  This is by far the best face cleanser I've ever used, and let me tell you, I used quite a few high-end, very expensive products in the past.  

Glycerin soap

Glycerin soap


So what is glycerin soap and why is it so effective? 

Glycerin soap is a soap that contains glycerin.  Vegetable glycerin is an odourless, clear liquid with a thick syrup consistency.  It is added to beauty products because of its ability to attract moisture and act as an emollient.  Glycerin soaps are recognisably different from other soaps because they are translucent.

Vegetable glycerin soap is vegan-friendly and a great option for people with sensitive skin.  Glycerin can help lock in the skin’s natural moisture and prevent over-drying.  This may be especially beneficial for people who experience conditions like:

  • acne
  • eczema
  • dermatitis
  • dry skin
  • psoriasis
  • rosacea

At the same time, glycerin is non-greasy.  This means it’s a good choice for anyone with oily or combination skin.  Glycerin may also have anti-ageing benefits.  It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and other surface blemishes.

Glycerin soap is not just a cleanser, it's a beauty treatment!  I'm turning 35 next week (on May 30th), and since glycerin soap has incredible benefits for ageing skin, I’m confident it will remain a staple in my beauty routine in the coming years.

Have you ever used glycerin soap?  Would you consider using it now that you know a little bit more about it?  Leave a comment and let me know!





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