Every so often one encounters a brand that’s truly a cut above the rest. I’d heard only good things about U.S. based brand La Bella Figura (‘a beautiful figure’ in Italian), so my expectations were sky high. Victoria, the brand co-founder, handpicked the products below for my acne/pigmentation-prone skin. After using them for around two months, I’m truly impressed. La Bella Figura has become one of my favourite new-to-me brands. The products are meticulously formulated with a minimalist feel to them. Each ingredient is carefully chosen to serve a precise purpose and the products deliver. Without further ado, let’s discover the products!

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It’s rare that I fall in love with a brand almost instantly. I’d never heard about Manyo Factory before Franki and Seoul sent me their products to try. I was experiencing a bad case of breakouts on my jaw and temples, and these products (along with Carrot-a-Day from Earthwise Beauty) completely cleared up my skin. Without further delay, here are my thoughts about this fantastic Korean brand:

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I was introduced to Earthwise Beauty through Boxwalla. I’d been impressed by the uniqueness of their products, and I loved its founder Ava Zhan’s fresh take on green beauty. After my Boxwalla review, Ava kindly sent me more of her products to try. She sent products that specifically suited my skin type, and after trying them, I can confidently say that Earthwise Beauty is currently one of my favourite skincare brands. Without further ado, let’s get right into the (mini) reviews. View Post

Most of us lead fast-paced lives. I find that the more stressful my life becomes, the more I’m drawn to everyday rituals that force me to slow down and give time back to myself. San Francisco-based luxury skincare label, founded by modern-day alchemist Julie Elliott, takes self-care rituals to new heights by creating seductive products that evoke the opulence of a bygone era. She uses her deep understanding of aromachology and uses natural ‘perfumerie as medicine.’ Intensely perfumed using high-vibrational floral extracts, oils, and essences, her products combine ancient wisdom with modern technology to create thoroughly singular creations that, according to their website, ‘stimulate the senses while offering hydrating and curative effects.’ All housed in beautiful red glass (a nod to the colour of glass originally used by alchemists, who considered the colour of blood to represent life force), these creations make no concessions to the fact that some us may be too time-poor (or just plain tired) to spend half an hour every evening on a skin ritual.

I’d been meaning to explore the line for a very long time, but I’d never known where to start! Julie solved this problem for me by surprising me with a very large, beautifully packaged box of treasures containing the entire ‘foundation collection:’ a selection of nine signature In Fiore treatments designed to be used cohesively or layered on top of each other. I’ve been using these products on and off for the last two months, and I’ve been enjoying their unique approach to skincare. Before I go into the reviews, I’ll briefly go through the order in which you’re meant to layer these products. This layering order, they claim, will maximise the potency of their products and yield the most visible results (while also reducing congestion). The order is: 1) Oil, 2) Toner, 3) Serum, 4) Cream, and 5) Balm.

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Marie Veronique is a clean beauty brand that is new to me. Since my BFF Ecochicbeauty introduced me to the brand a few months ago, it has gone on to become one of my favourite skincare brands. The great thing about their products is that they are scientifically formulated using the cleanest ingredients available. If you were a Skinceuticals fan before you turned green and are looking for a replacement, Marie Veronique may be your answer. In this post I’ll briefly review the three serums I’ve tried from the brand so far. View Post