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Few Favourite Things – This Month

Sunday, March 5, 2017
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MY FAVORITES THIS MONTH

Every month, I stock up on new items, some are delivered to my door at home or at work, for me to test and some I found online. So many of the new items I discover, I don’t know what I will do today without some of them and some I’ve learned to let go of. Those products that made it to my list here and the ones I tried and tested this month and some, when it fits, made it into my travel bag! Enjoy couple of my favorite things this month and let me know if there is anything that you fell in love with too during your own research!

THE REVITALIZING HYDRATING SERUM

When I think serum, I think oily. When La Mer sent me the serum, I was skeptical, just another serum I thought. Today, I am almost through my bottle and the change in my face texture is remarkable. “the healing energies of our Miracle Broth™ Tiny micro-droplets of The Deep Hydration Ferment—with an interactive blend of green, brown and red algae” you can see the difference and it also dries up very quick so you don’t get that sticky and oily feeling and it is perfect for travel lovers!

SHOP IT HERE
JO MALONE

Five of the much-loved scented soaps from Jo Malone: Lime Basil & Mandarin, English Pear & Freesia, Blackberry & Bay, Red Roses and Pomegranate Noir – wrapped in a unique design that celebrates each fragrance, created by renowned British artist and designer Michael Angove and the perfect gift for anyone and collection at home!

SHOP IT HERE
LE LABO

I’m a huge Le Labo die hard fan ever since my first visit to Grasse and the perfumery. I learned so much on the fermentation of roses, scents and never stopped using the products ever since. I even secretly be happy when I would check into a Fairmont Hotel only to stock up the amenities since Le Labo and Fairmont Hotels are in partnership. My favorite so far Rose 31 but thanks to this box and the new launch in Abu Dhabi of their first store, I have the chance to try out different ones! You can read about my experience in Grasse too!

ROUGE COCO COLLECTION

I can’t get enough of this one!! Especially Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur which is just perfect for on the go! It conditions my lips, keeps the color on without smudging and lasts for a good period of time! Its my latest addiction! I keep buying more and more of these at the airports!

MORE COLLECTIONS HERE
BEACHGOLD DRESSES

It’s no secret of my love affair with this brand, despite my constant shopping online for bohemian dresses, I keep coming back to this particular one! Beachgold Bali is based in Bali and run by two lovely ladies whom I’ve already made friends with and they are such lovely entrepreneurs! The dresses comes in perfect sizes and material and shipping is made easy.

SHOP THEM HERE
LEICA CAMERA

There have been TONS of questions on my camera choice. I’ve invested in December 2016 on a Christmas gift to myself and I never ever looked back. The Leica is the first love of my life, (I have many first loves) but this one is so special! The new X series is also the latest one that you must check out for underwater!

SHOP IT HERE

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2 comments

  1. Marissa says:

    I am the biggest fan of Jo Malone! Real sucker for good toiletries. And I have been meaning to try La Mer for ages (but always end up going back to my usual products), so this serum sounds like the perfect thing to get me started 🙂 Also visiting Bali in 3 weeks, and the Beach Gold outfits look divine … I can sense my husband is not going to like this … 😉

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