Hi lovelies! I could have also titled this post: how to look and feel human again. I took all my precautions but I still had to take a few days off because I was feeling under the weather. As soon as I spot the first symptoms of the flu, I have to tackle it right away to avoid it to turn into a sinusitis. I did a post where I share how I relieve cold/sinusitis pain (here) if anyone needs help. Today, I wanted to focus on the aftermath of fighting off the flu/cold/sinusitis and share the products (which include makeup, skin/body care, and wellness) that help me bounce back and feel vibrant again.
- To get rid of those panda eyes and fine lines from the lack of sleep: MADARA Smart anti-fatigue eye rescue cream
Reviewed (here). Does exactly what it says. The cream texture is extremely light and absorbs like a charm and after regular use, I did notice a more even under eye area.
- To glow to infinity and beyond: SKINOWL Body+ illuminators
SkinOwl’s latest release has swept me off my feet. I use these shimmer oils (which come in a set of 3) in multiple ways: primers, body oils, highlighters, everything works. On sick days, Morganite is my go-to because it imparts a subtle golden sheen to your skin, thus making it look healthier.
- For a fresh and blooming complexion: BYBI Prime time facial polish
One of my favorite products of 2017 (reviewed here). I’m still obsessed with it. Basically, it removes dead skin cell, softens the skin and revigorates your complexion. Can’t recommend it enough.
- To look like you just hiked in the Swiss mountains and got a bowl of fresh air: Josh Rosebrook cacao antioxidant mask
This is a spa treatment for your face. You can feel your circulation flowing with this polyphenol-rich skin boost. 20 minutes on and you turn from a character from the Walking Dead into an Olympic champion that just won the gold medal in alpine skiing. Dull skin no more.
- To feel zingy and get minty fresh armpits: FINE x foxy cheeks minty sth deodorant stick*
I’ll be doing an entire post dedicated to deodorants and particularly FINE. I have enjoyed every product from them, but I am partial to anything minty. It does not leave any stain yet keeps underarms fresh all day long. A must for all mint lovers.
- To detox your body: LINNE Activate body wash (one of the hero products in a former Beauty Heroes box).
Use with caution though as charcoal stains very quickly. You’ll be painting it black, literally. My shower looks “halloweenesque” after each use but a thorough rinse and it’s all clean again. What matters more to me is how soft, fresh and clean my skin feels after using Linné’s body wash. It’s amazing, I truly saw an improvement in the texture of my skin over time. Charcoal is popular for helping the body flush out toxins and also effective in treating body odor and acne.
- To feel a sense of happiness throughout the entire day: ABEL Golden Neroli*
I’ll be sharing more about this extraordinary brand and their gorgeous perfumes but Golden Neroli is my favorite for it is a therapeutic scent. Neroli is known for its uplifting properties but ABEL has managed to create a natural fragrance that will stay on all day long. Feeling surrounded by the comforting aura that Neroli oozes, helps me tackle my day if I’m feeling particularly down. It’s a miracle product, truly. It dispells negativity and lack of energy in a few spritzes.
- To feel revigorated and strong as an ox: MOA fortifying green bath potion
Pure magic in a bottle. If I had to imagine Wonderwoman’s beauty cabinet, I’d put the MOA green bath potion on top of the list. I could have also incorporated MOA’s new Himalayan bath salts to the mix which are equally terrific. If you still feel fragile and groggy, the fortifying green bath potion will work like a magic spell. The potent blend of peppermint, fennel, fir needle and yarrow will open your bronchi and relieve muscular pain.
Usually, after feeling fighting off a cold, I don’t go back straight to a full-on makeup routine. Instead, I’ll focus on fewer yet impactful products.
- To say hasta la vista to dry and cracked lips: ROSALENA lip conditioning balm*.
It is almost empty as we speak because once you try it, there’s no going back. The formula is top-notch, it does not feel sticky or oily, but it coats the lips in a protective layer while restoring smoothness. Warning: you won’t be able to stop smacking your lips because they will feel super soft.
- To look like you’re as alert and awake as an owl: GRESSA Aureo eye tint
Gressa is one of my holy grail makeup brands. Everything I’ve tried blew my mind because Gressa thinks outside of the box to bring high-performance products. The eye tints are no exception. Aureo is a divine gold eyeshadow that instantly brightens up the look. You could even use it as a highlighter. The texture is cream-to-powder and the creasing is very limited so you don’t have to worry about touch-ups. It looks beautiful on, even if you skip mascara.
- To look like a bronzed goddess: ANTONYM COSMETICS highlighting blush “cheek crush”
Reviewed (here). One of my top 2017 favorites, I still reach for it everytime I want to have a gorgeous peachy glow. It does brilliantly, the job of a highlighter, a blush and, a contour all at once. At this stage, “Cheek crush” is more than just a makeup crush for me, it’s a love affair.
- To look put-together and effortlessly chic: ILIA Beauty “Pink Moon”
I swear this color makes everything look editorial. Pink Moon is a universally flattering berry. As usual, Ilia lipsticks are supremely comfortable to wear and moisturizing to keep dry lips at bay. I am particularly fond of Pink Moon because it reminds me of their hit color “Arabian Knights” but with more red in it. Pink Moon will give you that little confidence boost in your quest to conquer the world 🙂
- To give your complexion a little boost: VAPOUR soft focus skin perfector
Reviewed (here). I usually skip foundations and even more so when I just had a cold. However, if I want to blur out some ‘imperfections’, I use Vapour’s Stratus soft focus skin perfector. What it does is that it will plump the skin while adding an overall glow to the face, thanks to its light-diffusing and reflecting fine mineral particles, contributing in providing this luminous effect. You get that ‘lit-from-within’ glow which distracts from visible lines or pores.
To feel great from within: ANIMA MUNDI Curam beauty elixir and Mangosteen Hibiscus powder.
Curam and Mangosteen-Hibiscus have outstanding anti-inflammatory properties and will help you get back on track. You can mix Curam with your tea, water or juice. The Mangosteen Hibiscus tonic works great in a smoothie or in a cocoa drink. You can mix the two products together. Whatever feels easier for you, the Anima Mundi blends can be adapted in various ways.
What you do or use to get back on track?
*Samples sent for review consideration, all opinions my own. Affiliate links may occur – see disclaimer.