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My top beauty products for April

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With the longer days and warming temperatures I feel ready for spring and am eager to shed the heavier winter makeup for lighter products, so my beauty selection for this month is focused on highlighting rather than concealing and achieving a more natural look. I hope you enjoy this month’s beauty recommendations.

Lancôme’s Cils Booster XL & Hypnôse Custom Volume Mascara, the perfect solution for my short, thin, nearly invisible lashes

The eyes are one of the most important features of a face and certainly the most expressive, I tend not use eye shadow but I really love giving and extra boost to my lashes which unfortunately are short and nearly invisible. So discovering the Lancôme Cils Booster XL was a great find and it has become a true beauty essential for me. The lash booster is a super enhancing mascara base that is applied immediately before your normal mascara. The base has a conditioning formula with micro-fibers and Vitamin E which works even on sensitive eyes and adds extra length emphasizing even the shortest lashes.

On top I use Lancôme’s Hypnôse Custom Volume Mascara which I buy at Sephora which glides on perfectly after the base coat evenly coating my lashes without clumping. It is such an amazing mascara, which really makes my short lashes look unbelievably long and thick.

YSL Voluptée Sheer Candy glossy balm my lipstick for working out

After my eyes I like to add a small touch of color to my lips with YSL’s Voluptée Sheer Candy glossy balm which I buy at Sephora. In the spring and summer, I don’t usually wear lipstick as on my face as it looks a bit stiff, but I love a discreet shine like the one achieved with this delicious lip gloss. My personal favorite is #5 rightly named “Mouthwatering Berry”. It is almost transparent, not too shinny but it adds the right amount of color which makes you look great without seeming if you are trying too hard. It works great for my yoga class, where a full blown lipstick would look out of place. Its formula is boosted with vitamin and antioxidant-rich fruit extract which leaving my lips feeling soft and hydrated.

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Peony’s pick of the month

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Always on the lookout for great new beauty products, but faithful to some classics, I would like to share some of my new finds as well as timeless favorites. It is true that my skin, hair and face are extremely dry, but each month I will try to present some new products for everyone. This month I have taken extra care in searching for deeply nourishing and moisturizing formulas which our skin welcome in the winter cold.

Weleda, Tom Ford, Dr. Haushka, Oskia

Dr. Hauschka lip balm or stick (natural and organic)
I have very dry, flaky lips and this is the only product that really works for me. I still try other brands, but I always come back to Dr. Haushka’s lip balm, which I have been using for over 10 years. What I especially love about it is that it works holistically from the inside out so it actually cures dry lips. Traditional lip balm just puts a layer of wax over the lips, in many cases petroleum.
Dr. Haushka’s all natural and organic lip balm has four plant waxes and beeswax, including silk which leave my sensitive lips with a soft, silky shine.
So if you are thinking of choosing one product to go organic, I highly recommend starting with this lip product, not only because you will notice the difference, but also because you will reduce the risk of ingesting toxin (commonly found in petroleum based lip balms,) every time you lick your lips.

Weleda Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil (natural and organic)
I love this regenerating body oil, which leaves my extremely dry winter skin incredibly soft and supple. I apply it while my skin is still damp from my evening shower, just before going to bed. The delicate perfume of the oil relaxes me to sleep and I wake up with baby soft skin. I really appreciate that it is free from synthetic additives.
Its active ingredient is organic pomegranate seed oil which is full of nutrients, rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins which help to support the natural regeneration processes of the skin. Weleda is a great brand with a 90 year heritage in green beauty products.

Oskia Micro Exfoliating Balm
Even the best face creams won’t be able to do their work if your skin in not properly exfoliated. At least once a week I exfoliate my face to remove the top layer of dead skin cells so that shiny, new, bright skin is exposed, so preparing my skin for my favorite skin care products.
A recent find, and one that I instantly fell in love with, is the Oskia Micro Exfoliating Balm which can be purchased at Blend Store, an amazing new beauty concept store recently opened by the makeup artist Lucie in Barcelona.
The Oskia Micro Exfoliating Balm contains micro silica beads that gently eliminate the dead skin cells and impurities along with active ingredients such as Rosehip Seed Oil, Kukui Nut oils, SweeT Almond and Sesame Seed oils. The entire exfoliation process is a pleasure – from opening the solid glass jar, scooping out a dollop of beautifully perfumed cream, applying a few drops of water so that the product converts into a milky cream, a real sensorial pleasure to massage on my face. Continue reading “Peony’s pick of the month” »

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Santa Maria Novella: mimos para mi casa

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Peony de Sy's favorite Santa Maria Novella products

Al poco tiempo de vivir en Barcelona me enamoré de la pequeña (y algo escondida) tienda en el Born de la firma italiana Santa Maria de Novella. Suelo pasarme cada cierto tiempo por allí, para visitar a Elisabet, su directora, y dejarme aconsejar sobre cualquier cuestión relacionada con la belleza y ponerme al día de las novedades de la marca. También vale la pena acercarse para ver sus divertidos escaparates, que como sus productos, están hechos a mano artesanalmente y con mimo.

Algunos de sus productos están siempre presentes tanto en casa como en los salones. Son pequeños regalos, asequibles, que ayudan a crear un ambiente perfumado y hogareño en casa.

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