Sunday Riley…A name that piqued the interest of the beauty world about 2 years ago. Every blogger, every magazine, every celebrity…everybody was talking about their Luna Sleeping Oil. How skin changing it was. But this is not about the oil. This is about the Sunday Riley Cleansing Balm. Actually, its full name is the Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm. That’s a mouthful! The thing that attracted my to SR, was that the owner has a background in chemistry and you know that is really close to my heart!
With my dry skin, I try to stay away from gel or foam facial cleansers and I usually gravitate towards cleansers that are more creamy in texture. And more naturally based. So as Korean beauty continues to have an increasing influence on the industry in the US, I was interested in using a cleansing balm. I decided that, as my first step into cleansing balms, to try this one. I was pretty confident that it would not leaving my skin stripped and dehydrated after cleansing, it contained a lot of botanical ingredients and appeared to be pretty “clean” and the soft blue colour made it all exciting!
The Sunday Riley Cleansing Balm Details
The company describes this as:
A hydrating cleansing balm that removes makeup—even stubborn eye makeup—and impurities with sugar-based cleansers as soothing essential oils calm irritation. – as per Sephora.
This balm contains sugar based cleansers, Sucrose Laurate, as its surfactant/cleanser. This is the part of the balm that binds to dirt, makeup etc. and turns milky, and is washed away. It also contains Cocoa Seed Butter, Mimosa Flower Wax and Sunflower Seed Wax that contain antioxidants that protect the skin as well as condition and hydrate. The blue colour comes from both the Blue Tanzy Leaf Oil and the German Chamomile which are indigo oils that are rich in azulene, a compound that soothes and calms irritated skin. Citrus based essential oils that help clarify the skin, a note to those who have a sensitivity to citrus oils. These properties make it a great choice for both oily and dry skin types alike.
Happy New Year!!! I hope that you have been enjoying 2017 so far! I have been more mindful to enjoy life a little bit more in this new year. More self-care, appreciation of life, and to be more bold. With that, I want to take a look back at all the best beauty products that I loved in 2016. These were my must-haves and I constantly repurchased them and will continue to remain in heavy rotation.
Last week, Sephora had it’s biannual sale for all it’s Beauty Insiders. Since I am VIB status, I was able to get 15% off of my entire purchase. If you don’t know what the Sephora Beauty Insider programme is, check out this link. It is basically a rewards programme that allows you to accumulate points to redeem samples of new or popular products. I am #TeamSkincare as they say ‘black don’t crack’, but you still have to put in the work and I am trying to stave off the effects of aging as much as possible! So I have a Sephora haul and even did a video about it!!
So I visited the southern Turkish city of Ephesus, which is well known for its connection to Biblical antiquity. It is believed that this is the location of the final dwelling for Mary, Mother of Jesus. Ephesus was also an important Greek and Roman city as well as it has major importance in early Christianity. This is a haven for some amazing history and artifacts!
So while touring the ruins on a day that can only be described as Hades hot, we took refuge under one of the few fig trees.
Fig tree at Ephesus
The tour guide mentioned that the leaves of the fig tree have been used for its healing properties. Of course this peaked my interest!
Fig leaf sap and fruit have been used for centuries for their moisturizing, healing and calming properties. More recently, it has been valued for its antioxidant qualities.
Fig leaf sap
Have you tried any products made with fig extracts? Do you have any favourites?
NARS Cosmetics has stepped into the skin care realm and aims to target dullness, dryness and aging.
A visionary in the world of makeup artistry and photography, François Nars routinely uses light as a tool to transform the complexion. Now, NARS captures the power of light in a unique anti-aging collection that helps skin reflect light as never before, unveiling a world of luminosity. Now, NARS captures the power of light in a unique anti-aging collection that helps illuminate skin as never before. Found in every NARSskin product is the beauty brand’s unique Light Reflecting Complex™, utilizing pure ingredients that work in synergy to transform the skin and boost its translucency. Light-Active Micro-Prisms are combined with algae extract and Polynesian seawater to optically enhance light reflection, promote natural cellular turnover, and infuse skin with moisture. When applied on newly smooth, bright skin, makeup lasts longer than ever and simply glows. Uniquely prismatic, youthful and radient. Skin is illumnated.