I'm totally new to the idea of self care, but I do like to have something of a weekly pampering routine. If I've had a bad week, having some nice beauty treats to use is always a pick me up, so I wanted to share some recent cruelty-free and vegan favourites.
First up I've been using the very lovely Faith In Nature Intensive Conditioner*. Made with lavender, geranium, jojoba oil and (vegan favourite) avocado, it's very thick and smells very yummy. I usually have the old classic of greasy roots and dry ends so a generous squidge of this conditioner has really been helping to lend some moisture to my hair, and calm the frizziness that it loves to do in summer.
I only tend to wash my hair twice a week, and what I really like about this conditioner is that you can leave it on for longer as a hair mask. This way I don't have to remember to use an extra product and I'm still giving my hair a little TLC. I rinse it out after about five minutes, or as long as it takes to wash my face and exfoliate. The gorgeous lavender scent lingers afterwards and whether I'm using it as a regular conditioner or a mask, it leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth to touch.
After really liking Botanical's natural facial polish, I was very happy to try out the Mandarin & Chamomile Cleansing Melt* to add to my skincare routine. Like the facial polish, this cleanser is made without water so it's much like a solid balm that melts as you rub it in. The mandarin is a nice citrus scent and it's very gentle on the skin. It's always nice to take a few minutes at the end of the day to look after my skin and go to bed feeling refreshed.
To take it off I've been using the Botanicals Organic Muslin Cloth* which I've found is softer than my similar organic one from Pai, and still holds up in the washing machine. Lately I've had trouble with spots on my chin and the right side of my face, which I'd put to down to hormones. So I was delighted that using this cleanser and cloth duo has cleared them up.
Friday evenings are my favourite for catching up on Netflix and painting my nails. Barry M are always my go to for cruelty-free and vegan nail polish and I've been loving their Gelly Summer Almond shade. It's a pale lilac grey, or a perfect 'dirty grey', which is a colour I may have been obsessed with for a good few years.
This is the only Gelly polish I own so I really want to try more from the range, even though I have far too many nail polishes already! I always use the clear top coat as well which helps the polish last up to a week (so long as I remember to wear rubber gloves to do the washing up).
Lastly is my Deep Steep sugar scrub, for weekly exfoliating. This scrub starts off quite coarse with large grains of sugar, so depending on how hard you rub you can get a really good scrub with it (exactly what you want if you've just got home from a festival). The sugar quickly melts in a warm shower, which then leaves a generous amount of argan oil to moisturise your skin. The lavender vanilla smell is subtle but lovely and I'm happy to use this scrub year round to get my skin nice and glowing come rain or shine.