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Saturday, 15 July 2017

On My Plate: Oat Bran Pancakes + Berries Chia Jam


I know the Internet is full of pancake recipes and you don’t need another one, but my reason for writing this is purely because I found a way to turn my favourite breakfast porridge (oat bran bircher with berries) into something more indulgent and filling. So here’s presenting the protein-packed buckwheat & oat bran pancakes with berries and coconut chia jam. Doesn’t that sound delicious? Also, it’s refined sugar free, so you can happily eat these with gusto.

Buckwheat & Oat Bran Pancakes

Initially I made the pancakes with just the oat bran and they turned out quite soggy, so I added a cup of buckwheat flour to get the fluffy texture. You can easily substitute it with plain or wholemeal flour. I really like the nuttiness of buckwheat and it amps up the flavour of the pancakes.

Makes about 4 - 6 pancakes // ½ cup of oat bran, 1 cup of buckwheat flour, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla extract, ½ cup of soymilk, a pinch of salt and two tbsp of stevia (sugar substitute).

Mix all the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately and combine them together. Heat a pan with a dollop of butter or an oil spray, and scoop out a ladle of batter onto the pan. Cook until browned evenly. 

Berries & Coconut Chia Jam

I stumbled upon this recipe while trawling Ohsheglows’ website for healthy dessert options. I’ve put my own twist to it by including desiccated coconut and stevia to make it slightly more healthy. It’s not cloyingly sweet and has the same consistency of a jam. It stores well and is super delish.

100g of mixed berries (I used blueberries & raspberries), 3 tbsp of desiccated coconut, 4 tbsp of chia seeds and stevia

Place all the berries in a saucepan with the stevia and allow them to cook for about ten minutes until they are nice and soft. Then add in desiccated coconut and chia seeds and cook for another five minutes until all the water is absorbed. 
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Monday, 10 July 2017

My Quick 'Going Out' Face

If I'm running out the door and have five minutes for makeup, the first thing I do is to even out my complexion before adding a touch of colour via a blush or a lipstick. Also, I stick to using cream products when I’m in a hurry, as I believe they are considerably more forgiving than powdery textures.

Concealer: The Mac Select Moisturecover Concealer is a re-discovery for me and I can clearly see why I used to be obsessed with it. It’s a combination of my two favourite concealers; it has the coverage of the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer and the dewy finish of the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. Also, the shade NC35 is slightly lighter than my skin tone, so it has a nice brightening effect.

Eye Shadow: Surprisingly, I’m really into wearing eye shadows at the moment. It takes me less than a minute to do my eyes, I swipe some Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise in the shade Mona Lisa across the eyelids and blend it out with my fingers. This bronzey-gold shade is a touch darker than my eyelids so it looks really natural during the day. Another great option for summer is the By Terry Ombré Blackstar in the shade Brown Perfection. This rich, taupe-y bronze shade is the eye shadow equivalent of my very beloved MAC Teddy Eye Kohl. Also, it’s easily the most pigmented and smudge-resistant eye shadow I've ever tried.

Blusher/Bronzer: The Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Formentera is sun-kissed summer skin in a handy, twist-up stick. It’s sheer, blends in beautifully and makes me feel like a bronzed goddess. It’s hard to pin down the texture of this one; it’s velvety but has a slightly dewy (not sticky) finish. Another great multi-tasking wonder is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Light. This blusher-highlighter hybrid perks up sallow skin and imparts a healthy glow in one fell swoop.

Highlighter: It’s definitely an unnecessary step but ever since I got my hands on the Glossier Haloscope in Quartz, I can’t stop using it. It’s everything I want in a highlighter - it’s dewy with being tacky; imparts a subtle glow without leaving behind any sparkly, shimmery bits and most importantly, it looks almost skin-like. Swipe, blend and *poof* healthy-looking skin unlocked.

Lipstick:  You know me; I like to stick to neutrals when it comes to a lip colour. I either wear Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Walk of Shame or Nars Lip Pencil in Walkyrie, however I’m trying to switch things up for summer. A red lip is by no means a fail-safe option when you’re short on time, but it’s definitely the quickest (and chicest) way to look put-together. I wear it like a stain as opposed to applying it straight from the bullet. The Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lipstick in 58 is a bright pinky-red that lasts right from my morning tea to after-work drinks.

PS: If you fancy seeing me put on makeup, click on the video below.



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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Favourite Cookbooks For Healthy-ish Eating

I’m sure we all have times when we look into our fridges and can’t think of a single decent meal to make. And this happens to me more often than not. Even if I have a freshly stocked fridge, I’m clueless about what to make nine times out of ten. My husband is an incredibly picky eater and he doesn’t share my love for stews and soups, so this makes it all the more difficult for me. When I run out of ideas for my throw-something-together experiments, I rely on these cookbooks to help me rustle up delicious, healthy meals that cater to both our tastes and preferences. 

‘Ready, Steady, Glow’ by Madeleine Shaw: Nothing gives me more joy than rifling through this cookbook. It’s packed with no-nonsense recipes that are wholesome and easy to follow. I like that the book is divided into two sections – ‘fast’, and ‘slow’, with a handy time guide to show you how long it takes to prepare each dish. There’s a great selection of ‘fast’ recipes and I make them all the bloody time. My top favourites are the savoury beetroot crepes, the sumptuous chicken cashew stir-fry and the hearty chickpea curry. Oh, and the pictures are lush!

‘The Louise Parker Method: Lean for Life’ by Louise Parker: Healthy eating can sometimes come across as a little too preachy and pretentious, but this fitness guide-cum-cookbook offers a refreshing take on it. In Louise’s words, this book is all about the ‘anti-diet diet’. She stays away from anything too faddy and focuses on dishes that make the most of the fresh, local produce. I like to start my day with something sweet and thankfully she has a great mix of sweet and savoury breakfast ideas that are faff-free and unobtrusively healthy. The oat bran bircher with berries is something I have for breakfast almost every single day; it’s simple, unassuming and deliciiiooousss!

‘A Modern Way to Eat’ by Anna Jones: Now, I’m not a vegetarian and I don’t think I’ll ever give up meat, but this book *might* make me my change my mind. That’s saying a lot considering how much I love my greasy bacon fry-up. Anna’s book is all about simple, wholesome veg-led fare with a focus on in-season produce. She has a conversational style of writing and each recipe comes studded with little essays, which give the book a sweet personal touch. Her one pot mushroom and bay biryani is what I make when I don’t I want to spend hours at the stove. Also, the tomato and coconut cassoulet is a husband-approved midweek staple that's quick and oh-so-delicious.

‘Travelling Diva: Recipes From Around The World’ by Ritu Dalmia: I’ve had this book for over three years now and I’ve only just realised how good it is! There’s a smorgasbord of recipes from around the world, all explained in a way that makes me feel like I could nail every single one of them. She has some great options for midweek dinners, which are easy to rustle up and don’t take longer than the time it takes a chug a glass of wine. When I’m craving for some comfort food, I make her Chicken with lime and thyme. It’s quick, filling and keeps the husband happy! 
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Friday, 23 June 2017

Skincare Diary//Travel Edition

I'm pretty useless at maintaining a consistent skincare regimen when I'm on holiday and I always come back looking a little worse for wear, so skincare was a top priority when I was packing for my trip to Budapest. I packed as many serums and masks as would fit in the clear sandwich bag in the hopes of returning with glowy, sun-kissed skin as opposed to looking like a shrivelled prune.

Wednesday, 14 June
I don’t know if it’s the heat or the products I’m using, my skin’s been flaking around my mouth and chin, so I use the Ren Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial to exfoliate and follow it up with a thick layer of the Glossier Mositurising Moon Mask before going to bed. I’m completely obsessed with the Ren mask, as it has stabilised vitamin C that works to buff away dead skin cells without causing any irritation or redness. It’s gentle, effective and perks up dull and grey-looking skin in a matter of seconds.

Thursday, 15 June
I have an early flight, so I wake up at 4 a.m. and groggily make my way to the bathroom. I use the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser to cleanse my face and slather on the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream mixed with a few drops of the Pai Rosehip Oil. I top it off with a light layer of the Neutrogena Dry Touch Sunscreen and head to the airport.

Afternoon
It’s almost noon by the time I get to the hotel. It’s bright and sunny in Budapest but I’m feeling super icky, so I put on the Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask and get into the bath. What I particularly like about this mask is that it’s very soothing and has an instant cooling effect. I leave it on for ten minutes and take it off with a washcloth. Next, I apply a few drops of The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Serum all over my face and neck. Though I’ve been using this serum for a couple of weeks, I can’t seem to make up my mind about it. While it’s nice and hydrating, I find the formula a little too gloopy. It sticks to the pillows and doesn’t sink in quickly – I guess you get what you pay for.

Friday, 16 June
I barely drank any water yesterday, so I make a mental note to carry a bottle of water to keep myself hydrated throughout the day. I start by using the cleansing balm from the Pixi X Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse. I smooth it onto dry skin and massage in gently before taking it off with a washcloth. It removes everything from makeup, dirt and impurities without leaving the skin feeling tight and dry. Next, I dot a little Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm under my eyes and complete the routine with the Ordinary serum and the Neutrogena sunscreen.

Saturday, 17 June
As someone with dehydrated skin, I need to keep my skin well hydrated or it starts to act up. I just cleansed my face and went to bed last night, so I wake up with my skin feeling like a dried-out crumb. Fresh Rose Mask is always the one I reach for when my skin needs a moisture boost. I follow it up with my all-time favourite Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum. Of all the serums I’ve tried, I can happily say that this one does everything it claims to do. It’s deeply hydrating and leaves the skin looking plump and radiant after every single use.
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Thursday, 8 June 2017

GRWM: The Beach Holiday Edition//Video


My ideal holiday look is slightly sun kissed skin with a touch of blush and nude lips. You know me, nothing new or adventurous there. I filmed this look while I was in Dubrovnik and it was a gloriously warm day, so I didn’t want to put on too much makeup. I skipped using any base makeup and stuck to using a concealer to even out my skin tone. The Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer offers a fairly full coverage but glides smoothly onto the skin and leaves behind a velvety matte finish. I always pack this when I’m travelling because it’s long-wearing and doesn’t settle into the lines.

After that, I dusted a light layer of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light under my eyes to set the concealer. Some setting powders can be chalky and just too matte, but this one imparts a radiance like no other, thanks to the presence of light-reflecting particles that help to create a natural soft-focus finish. I’m not an everyday eye shadow wearer but occasionally I like to do up my eyes. Mac Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Constructivist is a deep taupe-y, bronze shade with just the right amount of iridescence. I applied a sheer wash of colour and blended it out with a fluffy brush, but this creamy colour can easily be built up to something more opaque. No look of mine is complete without smudged out kohl-rimmed lids, so I used MAC Teddy to define my eyes. It’s is a beautiful bronze shade that looks good on its own or can be used to smoke out a look. 



To add some subtle definition to the face, I applied the Clinique Chubby Stick in the shade Curvy Contour to the hollows of my cheeks. This is one of my all-time favourite cream bronzers – it’s wonderfully light, blends in beautifully and leaves behind a faint hint of colour. Next, I used Glossier’s Cloud Paint in Dusk to add a wash of colour to my cheeks. It's almost impossible to define the texture of this blusher; it falls somewhere between gel and cream. Housed in a dinky tube, this blusher is sheer, super chic, and easy to travel with.

I’m not a big fan of highlighters because they look extremely unnatural during the day and emphasise any textural issues, but the Glossier Haloscope completely changed my mind. Designed with an oil core, this highlighter is translucent, non-greasy and imparts very ‘je ne sais quoi' glow to the face. I swiped it onto the tops of my cheekbones and blended it out with my fingers for a natural finish. 


Finally, I applied a swipe of MAC Retro to my lips and patted it in to sheer it out. While I love a bold lip as much as the next person, I find that they require constant touch-ups or they end up fading quite unevenly. On most days I prefer to wear a lipstick that’s a shade or two darker than my natural lip colour and Retro is the kind of lipstick that you can apply without a mirror.


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Friday, 28 April 2017

Skincare For Long Flights


I’m the kind of flyer who falls asleep even before the flight takes off. I once slept through a bumpy and turbulent plane ride. True story. While I get some much-needed shut-eye, I always wakeup with parched skin because I’m too busy snoozing instead of keeping myself hydrated. I’m taking an 11-hour flight to India in a couple of days and knowing me, I might sleep through it, so I’m packing a few skincare bits to ensure my skin doesn’t suffer.

After Takeoff

Since 11 hours is an incredibly long time to be airborne, I’m going to try and keep myself as hydrated as I possibly can. My friend suggested I buy a bottle of coconut water once I pass through security, as it’s full of nutrients and is a healthier alternative to the sugar-laden beverages they serve on the flights.

Once the flight takes off, I’m going to sanitise my hands and remove my makeup with Klorane Wipes – possibly the only time I’ll ever use face wipes. Then I’m going to spray a hydrating mist, like the Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray, all over my face and let it sink in. While my face is still slightly wet, I’ll put on a generous layer of the Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask. This ridiculously expensive mask has revived my post-travel fatigued skin more times that I can count. It’s wonderfully rich and hydrating, without being too gloopy. Also, it goes on clear, so your seatmate won’t notice a thing. This mask always leaves my skin feeling all plumped-up and soft.

While my scalp doesn’t get greasy, the ends get very dry and raggedy, so I’m going to apply a tiny blob of the Windle & Moodie Invisible Day and Night Cream to the lengths of my hair to keep it nourished and hydrated. All this should take me no more than ten minutes and if I’m not half-asleep by the end of it, I’ll apply some hand cream. The Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream is so so good! It’s not greasy, sinks in swiftly and has a very comforting scent.

I’ll conclude this little mid-air pamper ritual with a swipe of the Dr. Hauschka Lip Balm


Four Hours In…

I’ll remove the mask and mist my face with the Avène spray before applying a thick layer of the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré. It’s lightweight, fast absorbing and works to retain water in the skin. I’m going to top it off with Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate and let it sink in over the course of the flight. Enriched with squalane and evening primrose oil, this dry oil provides a boost of moisture to depleted skin. 




Before Landing

Then, 30 minutes before descending, I’ll repeat the whole process of cleansing and misting. I don’t like applying makeup on skin that’s not properly cleansed but I look sickly without a concealer. The Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher is very natural looking and offers a light coverage. And just before I get off the flight, I’ll dab some of the Glossier Generation G lipstick in the shade Cake onto my lips and cheeks to emerge from the airport looking all fresh and well rested.

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Friday, 21 April 2017

An Instagram Guide To Dubrovnik

Why visit: Crystal clear waters, uninhabited virgin islands, fresh seafood and Mediterranean weather.

Where to stay: We stayed at Neptun Hotel in Babin Kuk, which is just 15 minutes away from the Old Port. This upscale hotel has a spa, four swimming pools and three in-house restaurants serving delicious local cuisines. Our room was literally ten feet away from the sea and it seriously doesn't get better than that.

What To Do

City Walls: All the guidebooks tell you that the City Walls is a must-do – and it’s true. If you climb up the serpentine staircases of these historic walls, you'll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the sea, changing in hue from azure to emerald due the shadows cast by the clouds above. There’s nothing quite like the joy that accompanies the sight of the endless horizon.
Hidden Coves: If you want to escape the heaving crowds, then this is the perfect thing to do. We found several secluded coves around the city, but the one near Brsalje is breathtaking to say the least. It’s a beautiful idyll that's a world away from the hustle and bustle of the Old Town. There’s a dizzying flight of stairs with metal railing that leads you all the way up to the vantage point. We spent the day swimming in the crystal-clear waters and basking in the beauty of this hidden gem.
Island Hopping: Though Dubrovnik offers plenty to explore, a day trip to the neighbouring islands is an experience unlike any other. Roughly 15 minutes from the city, Lokrum is ideal for snorkelling or hiking up the vertiginously sloping paths. This uninhabited island is home to pines and cypress trees, which fills the air with a lilting scent. There’s an idyllic salt-rich lake that’s perfect for those of us who are not brave enough to swim in the sea.
Cable Car: While the cable car ride is all too brief, the view is nothing short of sublime. We booked a table at the Panaroma Restaurant and watched the sky turn hues of gold and amber as the sun went down. The food, the ambience and the pavonine sky made it a surreal affair. We could have spent all day here, it was a truly magical experience. Anything I say would be too little, so I'm going to let the pictures do the talking.


Beach Bar: Nestled in the tiny bylanes of the old walled city, Buza Bar provides sweeping views of the Adriatic Sea. Buzzy music, local beer and friendly staff make this place an absolute must-visit. This hole-in-the-wall dive bar is perpetually crowded, so get there early if you want a table with a view. Or grab a drink and sit on the cliff to watch the waves roll in against the sunset.
Boat/Ferry/Yacht Ride: You can opt for a private yacht tour or hop onto a boat cruise to explore the islands. We visited Elaphite Islands, which is a small archipelago consisting of several islands. We made quick pit tops at Šipan, Koločep and Lopud - although they aren't very different from each other, the streets are much less crowded and the entire vibe is more authentic.

What to pack:
 Hiking shoes, summery dresses and a chic pair of sunglasses. You can read about what I packed here.

Where To Take A Great Instagram: 
There are plenty gram-worthy spots, but my top two recommendations are the charming stone alleys of Old Dubrovnik and the rock staircase carved through the cliff near Dodo Beach Bar.
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Friday, 14 April 2017

All The Things I'm Packing For A Beach Vacation

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who pack and those who throw everything into a bag and pray for the best. I'm definitely the latter. I used to revel in packing for holidays but now it's an absolute chore. Once I'm done unpacking and ready to change, I never find a single decent thing to wear. I either over-pack or under-pack, there's never a happy medium. I'm travelling to Croatia over the weekend and here's how I'm trying to nail the whole nothing-but-the-necessities packing game.

Clothes

This is the most important tip I learnt from watching countless Youtube videos. Instead of packing X top for Saturday and Y dress for Sunday, build outfits around the pieces that you plan to take. I laid out all the pieces on the bed and put-together multiple outfit options. I'm taking a Breton tee and denim shorts, which I'm going to be wearing with leather lace-up sandals. I'm also going to partner the shorts with a billowy embroidered blouse from French Connection. These casual outfits are great for trotting around the town or just chilling by the beach.

I imagine I’m going to be in a bathing suit for most part of the trip, but when I do need to put on something more fancy, this red dress is what I’ll be wearing. It's a beautiful broderie anglaise piece with cut-out shoulders. Another great option for cocktails or dinner is this bohemian-inspired dress from ASOS. Trimmed with playful pom-poms, this piece is fun and summery. I'm going to pair both these dresses with gold sandals that I bought in Santorini. Oh, I'm also taking a pair of heels – totally unnecessary but I might have a use for them. 

There's a slight chance of rain on one of the days, so some comfortable clothing is absolutely essential. This black jumper and jeans from Topshop are comfortable and provide multiple styling options. This embroidered denim dress from Zara is stylish, versatile and great for both day and night. Can you tell, I have a thing for dresses with cut-out shoulders? Apart from this, I'm packing a loose, wafty floral dress that I'm going to be wearing when we go island-hopping. 


Beauty

I don’t tend to take much by way of make-up, but I'm planning to film a video, so I'm packing a few necessary bits. Concealer is non-negotiable for me and the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger is highly pigmented and offers buildable coverage. You've heard me wax lyrical about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light before, so I'm not going to go on about it. Glossier's Cloud Paint in Dusk and Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Formentera are my current cheek favourites and they are great for adding a touch of colour to the face. For lips, I'm taking a red and a nude lipstick. The Daniel Sandler Matte Lipstick in Casablanca is by far the best red lipstick I've ever tried. It instantly perks up the complexion and is super moisturising.

For skincare, I'm sticking to the basics. The Caroline Hirons x Pixi Double Cleanse is fuss-free and comes in a handy pot. It's divided into two sections - one is a solid oil cleansing balm that's perfect for removing makeup, and the other is a buttery cream that can be used to cleanse the skin. The Neutrogena Dry Touch Sunscreen is lightweight, grease-free and wears well under makeup. It's a necessary accompaniment to any beach bag. The other thing that always travels with me is the Avéne Eau Thermale Spray, it's soothing, hydrating and the perfect antidote to all skin aggressors.


Books

I'm always looking for a bit of inspiration, so this book by British Vogue Editor Alexandra Shulman, will be coming with me on this trip. Also, I'm throwing in a copy of the Porter magazine into my beach bag for some breezy poolside reading.



Phew, that was a long, waffly post. Have a great Easter weekend, everyone! 

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

The Serum That Changed My Skin

 Pardon the dramatic title but that's the honest truth. Aurelia's Revitalise & Glow serum changed my skin for good. Last winter, my face was literally peeling off, and no product was working until I discovered this wonderful serum. At first, I thought it wasn’t doing much but I started to see a difference after using it regularly in my nightly regime. My skin wasn’t flaking any more and it looked a lot calmer. 

With continued use, my skin looked brighter, more radiant and less angry. It worked so well for me that I used it up in just three months. And once I ran out of it, I realised how much I missed using it in my routine.  Though the Kypris Antioxidant Dew comes close, it doesn’t quite match up to the brilliance of this one. I’m currently working my way through the third bottle and my skin has never looked more happy!


Enriched with BioOrganic botanicals such as baobab, hibiscus and vitamin E, this lightweight serum tackles all manner of skin problems from dehydration to elasticity and first signs of ageing. It has a beautiful silken texture, which glides onto the face and sinks in instantly. After every use, it leaves my skin feeling very pampered, soft, and hydrated.  It has a lovely fresh scent and is free from nasties like silicones, parabens, and mineral oils. Though it's on the pricey end of the spectrum, I think it's quite possibly the most transformative product I've ever tried.

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Dewy, Hydrated Skin Essentials


I’m fixated with the premise that hydrated skin is healthy skin, so I’ve rounded up my favourite hydrators that soothe, nourish and brighten the skin while imparting a dewy (never oily) glow.

I love everything about the Kypris range, from the beautiful packaging to the thoughtfully made products. The Kypris Antioxidant Dew is a great, lightweight serum that leaves the skin feeling cosseted and smooth. I’ve been using it for over four months now and my skin has never looked more even and balanced. This milky serum boosts moisture levels and keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day. Packed with 26 active natural ingredients, this has become a potent layering option in my skincare wardrobe.
Another brilliant offering from Kypris is the Moonlight Catalyst. It’s a mild retinol alternative with pumpkin and peach enzymes to resurface skin. I typically reach for this on days when my skin feels a bit sallow and dull. I’ve used this a little longer than the Antioxidant Dew and I’ve seen a vast improvement in the texture of my skin. I have milia on my cheeks and this has helped to keep those pesky things at bay.

My current favourite moisturiser is the simple and unfussy January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion. Formulated without preservatives, parabens or fragrances, this moisturiser is designed to hydrate, and restore the skin's natural protective barrier. It’s wonderfully light, leaves the skin soft and I like that it comes in a handy tube. It has a slightly runny consistency but sinks in swiftly without leaving a greasy layer behind. I mix it with the Becca Backlight Priming Filter to add a veil of hydration and glow to the face.
Another hydrator in my current rotation is the Glossier Priming Moisturiser. The texture of this one is almost soft and pillowy, which makes it an absolute delight to use. It’s hydrating without sitting too heavily on the skin. Packed with skin-benefiting ingredients like hyaluronic acid, mushroom extract and vitamins A, C, and E, this one preps and primes skin perfectly for foundation application.

Glossier’s Moisturising Moon Mask has fast become the star of my skincare routine. I crack this one out at least twice a week; I use it as an overnight mask, or layer it over a serum as a night cream if my skin is feeling particularly dry. It has a light, cloudy consistency that feels amazing on skin. I’ve been using it consistently for a few months now, and it always leaves my skin feeling plump and radiant. This is such a good all-around performer.
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Saturday, 25 March 2017

How To Ship Glossier To UK ft. MyMallBox

Glossier products in box shipped to uk
I've been eager to get my hands on Glossier's covetable offering ever since their launch in 2014. So when I got to know a friend from US was visiting India and another friend from India was travelling back to the UK, I jumped at the opportunity and ordered some goodies. There was a lot of correspondence and co-ordinating involved and I received the products after waiting for three months! If only I had discovered MyMallBox any sooner, I wouldn't have gone through all that trouble.

MyMallBox is a mail forwarding service based in the tax-free state of Delaware. Once you sign up to their website, they assign you a US postal address (a suite number that is unique to you), which you can use when shopping from international websites. When they approached me to test their service, I was a little sceptical because I've heard horror stories of lost packages, huge shipping costs and inefficacious customer service. However, in the name of experimentation, I decided to place an order from Glossier.



 HOW TO ORDER FROM GLOSSIER

1) Once you add the products to the basket, enter the address assigned to you by MMB in the shipping details. Don’t forget to include the suite number.
2) For the billing details, I entered my UK address and left the State and Zip Code slots blank.
3) I filled in my UK phone number for the billing address.
4) I used a 20% discount code from Tamira Jarrel, so my order came up to $64. 
5) Glossier only accept credit cards and your order will be declined if you use a debit card.
6) I placed the order on March 9th and the package reached MMB’s warehouse on March 16th.  Glossier provide tracking service, so there’s very little chance of your package getting lost.
7) Once the package reached the warehouse, MMB sent me a mail notifying that it was ready to be shipped. If you have multiple packages, you can ask them to consolidate it or repack it into a smaller box for free. This is a great way to save on shipping costs.
8) The shipping charges are based on the weight and dimensions of the package. My package weighed 1.50 lbs and the dimensions are 8.00 x 3.00 x 10.00
9) There are three shipping options to choose from - USPS ePACKET is the most cost effective one, but there’s no tracking provided. USPS Airmail is still inexpensive but comes with limited tracking. I opted for DHL Express - it's slightly expensive but they deliver in 3-5 working days. I paid 35$ through Paypal. (In total I spent 64 + 35 = $99)
10) I received a confirmation mail with a tracking link. They shipped the package on March 20th and I received it on the 22nd.  Right from placing an order to it being delivered, it took 13 days. 13 DAYS! - That’s incredibly quick considering how long some UK retailers take to dispatch items.
11) I was dreading the custom charges as any goods imported into the UK over the value of £15 are liable to import VAT. Thankfully I didn't have to pay any. 

Glossier products in box shipped to ukGlossier products in box shipped to uk
The whole process is fairly straightforward and hassle free. However, I must mention that not all websites ship to MMB – Sephora didn’t let me check out. Also, there was a glitch when processing my order and I had to wait a whole weekend before getting it sorted. Though I got a prompt reply from the customer care, I felt the response was very curt and didn't fully answer my query. I'm definitely nit-picking here, but apart from these minor gripes, I'm very pleased with their service. They keep you informed every step of the way and the best part is there are no hidden costs.

MMB STORE CREDIT:  If you are looking to place an order from Glossier or any other US retailer, you can use this MMB reference link to sign up for a $5 account credit. 

GLOSSIER STORE CREDIT: I also have a $10 store credit from Glossier, all you have to do is follow my husband's Instagram account and leave your Instagram & Email Id in the comments section below and I'll mail it to you. 

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