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There’s nothing better than a deep golden tan. And it seems rude to be pale in August but laying in the sun all day just isn’t my thing. This meant it was time to choose the best products that I knew would give me that summer feelin’ whilst avoiding the health risks from sunbathing.

James Read has the perfect range of tanning products with super cool retro packaging. The Express Bronzing Mousse gives you that rich bronzed glow that would normally take two weeks in the Caribbean to achieve. I moisturised my hairline, hands, wrists, feet and ankles then literally slapped it on and then blended like crazy. Never forget to wear gloves and always make sure there is someone to help apply it to your back. Beforehand make sure you are thoroughly exfoliated and moisturised to ensure an even tone.

I’m still using my favorite new SPF 50 from Kiehl’s and to ensure my skin is hydrated and glowing I’m using Sunday Riley Juno. This is perfect during the summer as it contains naturally unscented superfood (dry) oils which give the glow without any irritation or greasiness.

I keep my freshly bleached hair moisturised with Mukti Hair Balm. Containing only natural and organic ingredients it holds the style in place whilst hydrating and nourishing my hair. I don’t go anywhere without a pair of cool shades and this time I’m wearing an all-black pair from SALT. Optics.

Photography by Christian Roman for Lookin Good Feelin Fine.

*Brands and PR agencies regularly send me products and clothes as samples. I only feature/wear/review the things that suit my personal style and that I enjoy using.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Smoothie’s are my go-to breakfast snack before I head to the gym in the morning. I can’t face eating anything too early so this is perfect as it’s light and easy to prepare. I’ve elevated this recipe to super-smoothie status by adding chia seeds and a shot of hyaluronic acid.

  • Banana
  • Peach (or whatever’s in season)
  • Avocado
  • Chia Seeds (1 tablespoon)
  • Fountain – The Glow Molecule (2 teaspoons)
  • 250 ml Almond Milk
  • A handful of ice (optional)

I like this combination because it isn’t too sweet and I sometimes swap the peach for something else. Instead of almond milk you can use cow’s milk, soya or coconut water. Fountain make a great range of supplements for the skin. I’ve tried a few varieties but I’m currently using the Glow which contains a combination of hyluronic acid and reactive glutathione. The two ingredients boost moisture levels so the skin literally glows, but only with continued use so you need to take it every day. Despite their tiny size chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are gluten-free and rich in omega-3 fatty acids plus fiber, protein and other vitamins. I hope you like the recipe and feel free to let me know what you think. You can comment below or reach me on twitter or instagram.

*Brands and PR agencies regularly send me products and clothes as samples. I only feature/wear/review the things that suit my personal style and that I enjoy using.

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This week I have some cool new products which make perfect summer essentials. Kiehl’s recently launched a new mineral sunscreen in SPF 50 that I can’t live without. I wear an SPF daily, without fail and sometimes I struggle as they feel heavy on my skin and leave me looking slightly ghostly. This bad boy has the most incredible texture, it’s super lightweight and contains a sheer tint to counteract the white reside. At first it can look like I’m wearing makeup but this fades in minutes once the product has fully absorbed leaving me with perfectly even yet natural looking skin. There’s a new online skincare store in Germany called SAVUE which stocks a selection of natural and organic products from hard-to-find brands. They recently sent a selection of products which includes a deodorant from an Australian brand called Mukti. The fragrance is sage which I really like and it’s packed with essential oils. It feels cooling at first which is nice during the summer and the plastic bottle makes it suitable for my travel/gym wash bag. Lastly, I’m never without my Willems Eyewear sunglasses. The brand sent me three pairs a few months ago which I have been wearing on rotation ever since.

*Brands and PR agencies regularly send me products and clothes as samples. I only feature/wear/review the things that suit my personal style and that I enjoy using.

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More than anything I would like to be lazing in some far-flung, exotic destination. Sipping something sweet in a warm breeze with the gentle sounds of waves hitting the shore. Unfortunately this desert island dream won’t be a reality anytime soon but thanks to African Botanics I’m feeling that little bit closer. Recently I’ve started using the Baobab Clay Oxygenating Cleanser & the Neroli infused Marula Oil. I was instantly taken with the packaging which also comes in beautiful boxes and the natural fragrances are beyond. Marula Oil is the heart of the brand and features in each of the products throughout the range. When a fruit bearing tree can withstand droughts and the constant onslaught of sun imagine what the cold pressed oil from the seed of that fruit can do for our complexion?

Whilst my skin leans toward dry & sensitive my pores can easily become congested. I’m always on the look out for a great cleanser with the ability to remove impurities without drying or irritating my skin. For a while I’ve been using the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip which has been great however the Baobab Clay Cleanser is my new best friend. I’m a sucker for packaging (as long as what’s inside works) and the silver tube looks great in my bathroom and my instagram feed. The smell is so unusual. It’s very rich, sweet and slightly bitter – I just love it. I had a very small breakout after using this for the first time which healed in no time thanks to the nourishing oils. For me this was a good sign as it seems to be clearing my skin without drying or irritation.

If you like Neroli you will love the Neroli infused Marula Oil. The smell is what transports me to a desert island. It’s sweet, rich and super luxurious. A lot like Vintners Daughter this oil works on different skin types. It’s rich and absorbs quickly with the ability to thoroughly moisturise and plump whilst preventing or healing acne or breakouts. I plan to keep this in it’s box to preserve it from degrading day light.

I know this has been a gushing review but I really love the brand. The only thing I can think of that might put anyone off is the price. These products are all luxury and only the highest grade of botanicals are used which is what you are paying for besides the luxurious packaging. If you can afford it then I urge you to give them a try because the performance and overall experience is just lovely. I also recommend reading more about the benefits of Marula Oil and check out the founders who have a lovely story. I have a few more products from the brand which I will share with you over the coming weeks.

Photography by Christian Roman for Lookin Good Feelin Fine.

*Brands and PR agencies regularly send me products and clothes as samples. I only feature/wear/review the things that suit my personal style and that I enjoy using.

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Out of knowhere I suddenly found myself allergic to the fragrance in foaming products such as shampoo and body wash. I started using a cool new product with the most amazing fragrance but I had to stop using it immediately when I had a reaction. Bearing this in mind I was super happy when the latest launch from PC4 Men arrived in the post. Paula’s Choice products are all fragrance free so this couldn’t have come at a better time.

I’m not a fan of ranges which are so heavily labeled MEN I doubt there is a product anywhere that’s labelled WOMEN. I find it outdated as only a small amount of men these days are afraid of using a moisturiser for fear of being labelled a sissy. Packaging aside Paula’s Choice & PC4 MEN are all excellent products. Recently I had a conversation with my sister, she is concerned that her skin is showing signs of aging and asked me to recommend some products that will give her results. Knowing that she doesn’t have an endless budget I recommended she invest in an acid exfoliator some retinol and an SPF, all from Paula’s Choice.

The PC4 MEN body wash is great in many ways. It foams perfectly and leaves my skin noticeably softer (but not sticky) compared with any other body wash I’ve ever used. It contains a significant amount of Aloe Vera Juice Powder which is great for the skin. My skin was still recovering from the irritation of the past product when I started using this. I found it helped calm my skin and restore it to it’s normal balance. Lastly I like the size, at 354ml/12 fl. oz it’s a decent amount for this type of product. If you are in Germany you can purchase it on sale from here otherwise it’s available worldwide from here.

*Brands and PR agencies regularly send me products and clothes for free. I feature/wear/review the things that suit my personal style and that I enjoy using.