The July Libbie Club Box is all about preparing your body for the bikini season and keeping your skin smooth and hydrated during your vacation. During my holiday I reduce the amount of beauty products I use, simply because I want to spend my time doing other things. The products I always use are exfoliator, body lotion, sunscreen, face cream and minimal makeup during evenings. This month’s box is literally what I will be taking with me for my holidays in Greece! All of these products are available on my Libbie Club Page here!

Bean Body Coconut Coffee Scrub 

I am always talking about coffee scrubs as they have so many beauty benefits. The Bean Body Coconut Coffee Scrub is made with organic Robusta Coffee Beans, Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil, Himalayan Pink Rock Salt, Demerara Sugar, Organic Cacao and Vitamin E oil. The coffee beans, the pink salt, sugar and Cacao are great exfoliants which effectively remove dead skin cells. The scrub is quite tough, which is exactly what you need to get rid of the unwanted skin layer. The cold pressed coconut oil combined with Vitamin E are ideal for nourishing the skin after exfoliation, leaving it silky smooth. 
The smell of coffee, cacao and fresh coconut is divine, and perfect for difficult mornings, relaxing weekends or after long days at the beach. The scrub not only exfoliates dead skin cells, but helps to remove cellulite, stretch marks, eczema, psoriasis and varicose veins. I also use it on my face to get rid of any blackheads or breakouts. A holiday must-have product! Available here, £14.95! 

Cowshed Wild Cow Invigorating Body Lotion 

Cowshed is one of the coolest English brands which use natural ingredients. The lotion is filled with the hydrating Shea and Cocoa Butters which moisturise the skin. The Lemongrass, Ginger and Rosemary essential oils are awakening and refreshing. 
The body lotion is quite light, and absorbs into the skin fairly quickly, so it is perfect when you are in a rush and need to apply a lotion and go. Lovely for layering scents on top. Available here. £20.

New Cid Cosmetics i-smoulder Smokey Eye Pencil and Shadow

The eyeshadow pencil from New Cid Cosmetics is ideal for traveling as it is compact, doesn’t require a separate brush and includes an eyeliner as well. It is a great product for creating a smokey eye effect. The colour I received is silver, which looks stunning, especially when used in the evenings. It is very easy to use and stays on the eye for at least 2 hours. Great makeup gadget, available in Silver, Gold and Amber. Available with 10% off here, £16.65.

Ania’s advice:
1. Exfoliate at least once a week 
2. Use body lotion 2 times a day
3. Try using max 3 makeup products

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Hello Gorgeous!
I hope summer is treating you well and you managed to get a bit of a tan already. During the summer, we always look to recharge our batteries and get a bit of ‘me’ time. I found that the best time to relax is by going to a Spa, or if not possible, creating your own Spa at home. An essential part of a home Spa are dimmed light and aromatherapy of course. My current home Spa essential is the Epoch Diffuser.

About the Epoch diffuser 
The Epoch diffuser is the most stunning home diffuser that is available on the market. It has a customisable exterior, which you can easily change whenever you like. The wooden looking top looks amazing in darker interiors, whilst the white one fits into the lighter interiors but you can also change it depending on your mood.

The diffuser uses highly efficient ultrasonic vibration technology to diffuse the chosen essential oil into the air, allowing you to experience the effects of aromatherapy almost immediately. Aromatherapy has many benefits for health, helping to unwind, relax and helping with respiratory problems. The diffuser not only will become an essential part of your evening but it will also become a beautiful addition to the interior of your home. Available from Nu Skin Website, £42.70.

How to use
The diffuser is very simple to use, you need to add mineral or deionised water to the diffuser, then choose an essential oil depending on your mood (3-6 drops). I suggest adding 6 for a more intense scent. Use the diffuser in temperatures 10-30 degrees. Turn on, breathe, relax. 
Epoch Essential Oils- Discovery 
The oils can be either ordered with the diffuser in the Epoch Essential Oils – Experience Kit or separately in the Epoch Essential Oils- Discovery (Photo above). This set consists of 3 essential oils which are Lemon, Peppermint and Lavender as well as an aromatic stone. Those are single oils, which mean that each one includes only one type of oil. The lavender is ideal for relaxing after a stressful day, peppermint will revive your senses, and lemon will help you wake-up and make your home feel fresh. 
The aromatic stone included is a great product to be used on the go. All you need to do is add 5 drops of your favourite oil and smell it whenever you need. I always carry it in my handbag, currently loving to lavender. Available from Nu Skin Website, £92.62. 

Epoch Essential Oils – Experience Kit 
This set is the best value for money! It includes the Epoch Diffuser, 4 essential oil blends and an aromatic stone. Available from Nu Skin Website, £162.55  The 4 oils are: 
Chill – Eucalyptus Pine Blend. Fresh, eucalyptus smell, ideal for times when you need to breathe in, cool down and relax.
Peace – Lavender Bergamot Blend. The ideal blend for regaining balance, lavender being one of my favourite scent notes ensured that this bend is always on my favourites’ shelf.
Sunshine – Citrus Mint Blend. Awakening and refreshing, ideal for early mornings, and weekends at home.
Harmony – Cinnamon Clove Blend. This is an oil you can use during evening at home when all you need is to feel cosy with a book or a movie. It will be perfect for the Christmas period as well!
My favourite oils from the Epoch range are Lavander, Peppermint, Chill and Peace, however all of the oils smell divine. Honestly, everyone should have this diffuser at home, and I guarantee you that once you start using it, you won’t be able to live without it. 
Ania’s advice:
1. Get the Epoch Diffuser
2. Find your favourite oils
3. Relax 
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While fitness enthusiasts may not need special encouragement to hit the gym, not all of them are following a proper skincare and beauty routine before and after their workouts. The reasons behind that are numerous, but they all boil down to the lack of information and a busy schedule. The truth is, the best beauty regime for pre and post gym activity period is not demanding at all, if you have the right information.


Cleansing and Moisturising
It’s always good to start with a clean slate before heading out to the gym. Any makeup residue that doesn’t get wiped off and removed will subsequently clog the pores and cause irritation and breakouts. Mild cleansing foam with green tea or lavender extract is both practical and tonus boosting.

Another product ladies shouldn’t go without to gym, or anywhere else, is the moisturiser. Since the process of exercising is followed by a lot of sweating, the skin gets easily dehydrated. Luckily, this can be easily prevented with a thin film of this beauty staple. For women that are slightly self-conscious about some facial skin discolouration, a fruit-tinted moisturiser can even out the skin tone and act as a handy 2-in-1 product. 

Lip Care
Having a balm or a stick that consists of a beeswax and honey formula with an SPF is essential in preserving luscious, non-chapped lips. The beeswax provides a natural base and a pleasant texture while honey is an all-purpose skin repairing and calming substance. It’s advised to remove all distractions during exercise, and dry and flaky lips definitely qualify as such. 


This is not exactly a beauty product, but its use is a crucial element of people’s presentation in the public. I have experimented with quite a few deodorants and sticks, and they all seem to cause irritation in the summer time (not a good sign!), except for one. Fenjal sensitive deodorant manages to oust the nasty smelly side-effect of exercise and replace it with its own mild scent. It contains no harmful parabens, alcohol, mineral and silicone oils, or artificial colours.


Any harsh methods of hair removal are not recommended for a few hours before the workout session. The skin will inevitably get irritated, and the worst thing one can do it is to expose it to excessive sweating and dirt immediately after shaving.

SPF Lotion or Spray
People who like to exercise in the open, at a beach or near water and other reflective surfaces, should apply a sun lotion or spray at regular intervals. This prevents wrinkles, skin aging, spots and other sun induced blemishes.
Since the skin is more fragile in the post-exercise period, it’s advised to apply some mild and natural nurturing products. Since the green industry is on the rise, quality organic cosmetics in UK are accessible to anyone who makes careful beauty and skincare choices.

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Korean women are very committed to their beauty routine and workouts, which doesn’t mean they don’t lead busy lives as well. They have invented 7-seconds treatment that involves tiny pads that provide quick toning and hydration in one.
Cooling Mist
The whole body and face get heated up considerably during workout, and the application of an essential mist can restore the healthy glow and cool the skin a bit. Such products contain numerous beneficial herbs such as Jasmine flower, cucumber and chamomile.

Soothing Foot Gel
Legs and feet tend to suffer quite a bit during workouts, so it’s recommendable to treat them with products that provide a relaxing effect afterwards. While there are numerous soothing foot gels on the markets, ingenious Koreans have invented a cream that mimics the sensation of leg stretching. Neat!

“Less is more” is the best principle when the pre-and-post exercise beauty skincare is concerned. These were some of the most popular beauty staples.
Author BIO:
Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and organic beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. She is regular contributor at High Style Life.
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Hello beauty 
I apologize for the lack of activity. If you follow me on Instagram, you will know I took a trip to Milan, a stunning city! This time I wanted to share with you my favourite products from June as I didn’t have time to do that before I left 🙂

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Or 
This product is perfect for the endless summer days. The oil is not only hydrating but it is also shimmering so whenever you are exposed to sun or light your skin will be glowing. I love to apply it to my collar bones and arms especially when I am wearing a summer dress. The oil can also be used on the hair, but I prefer to use it on my body. It has a lovely, delicate smell which can be combined with perfume or worn alone. A summer must- have! Available from Lookfantastic, £19.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist 
Face mists come in handy especially during warm summer days. I recently got this Rosewater Balancing Mist from Jurlique and I have been using it throughout June in the mornings, evenings and often during the day to refresh, hydrate and restore my skin. The mist smells DIVINE, and if you are a fan of rose water this mist will definitely please your senses. The mist is filled with antioxidant properties, which have many skincare benefits. If you are looking for a product for your bedside table, this is perfect. Available from Lookfantastic, £24.

The Body Shop Wild Argan Miracle Solid Oil For Body and Hair 
This is a very cool product which I recently discovered. It is a solid argan oil, which has great benefits for skin and hair. In order to apply it, you need to warm it up in your hands so that it becomes more liquid. It smells beautifully and really hydrates the dry skin areas. I would recommend using it on elbows and knees or any dry skin patches. Available from The Body Shop, £8.

Vatika Black Seed Complete Care Shampoo
This shampoo has been recommended to me for everyday hair care. It is quite hydrating but does not weigh your hair down so can be used daily if necessary. Black seed is well known for its beneficial haircare properties such as promoting hair growth, preventing hair loss, thickening the hair and improving overall hair health. This shampoo worked well for me, and after using it I noticed that my hair became smoother and looked better. Available from Tesco, £2.99.

I am sure you already heard about this hair accessory. These are hair ties that don’t pull your hair and keep them in place. Since my hair is thick and long, during summer I usually wear it up. I really like the pink invisibobble but they are also available in other colours. Available from Justbeauty, £3.44. 

NYX Illuminator Magnetique 
This is an amazing Illuminator! When applied on skin it looks like light bronzer/blush with gold sparkles. It is ideal for light summer makeup, and I use it everyday to add a bit of colour to my cheeks. It stays on the skin for the whole day and the product lasts for at least 2-3 months. Add some glow to your skin with NYX illuminator!  
Ania’s advice:
1. If you are blonde don’t use products for brown hair
2. Even if your friend says it is ok 
3. Do NOT do it! (experienced it)

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Hi Gorgeous!
It is empties time again! I always promise myself I will post about empty products as soon as I have enough but I always get other products I want to write about first. Sorry if they the empties post are too close together, but I am a fan of empties posts so I think the more the better, I hope you enjoy reading it!

Antipodes Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand and Body Cream
As a loyal fan of Antipodes, I recently finished their Jubilation cream which smells divine! It reminded me of freshly cut herbs which was a perfect smell before going to sleep. It is filled with ingredients such as wild blackcurrant, avocado oil, kiwi seed and vitamin A, C and E which are very good for the skin. The cream is hydrating, and absorbs fairly quickly into the skin. As you can see, I loved it so much I used my tube wringer to get the last drop of product! Available from Lookfantastic, £24.29. 
Phyto 7 Hydrating 
Phyto 7 is one of my favourite hair products and I think this is already the 3rd one that I finished. The size is very convenient and you can take it with you wherever you go. It is very hydrating, infused with 7 pure and natural plant extracts. It literally feel like a cream which is quite unusual for hair products. It prevents frizz, helps to style as well as hydrate the hair. A must- have hair product 🙂 Available from Feelunique, £15.50.

The Body Shop Honey and Oats 3 in 1 Scrub Mask 
I am always talking about this face mask as it smells like a mix of honey, almonds and oats. It cleanses, polishes and moisturises. You can use 2 or 3 times a week during a pamper evening. Before applying, cleanse your skin, ensuring that the cotton pad is clean. Then apply a layer of the mask on your skin, leave it on for 15 minutes and relax. Gently massage it into your skin with water, to exfoliate the dead skin cells. After the mask my skin is always glowing and hydrated, definitely will repurchase. Available from The Body Shop, £11.

Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Water
I liked this micellar water as it removes the make-up very well, without stripping the skin from its oils. It is filled with minerals and multivitamins, and removes all the impurities, and unclogs the pores. It is one of the choices from the drugstore that is worth the hype. Available from Boots, £4.49. 

Perricone MD Neuropeptide Necolletage
This was the first time I tried a product from this brand. I frequently heard about it but now that I finally got a chance to try it, I will not change this for anything else. This product is aimed at the neck and décolletage area, aiming to reduce fine lines.

Although I do not have fine lines, I noticed that the product had an incredible firming effect on the skin. I applied it on the neck and the chest area, and I can honestly say that I noticed a difference. The product comes in a glass bottle with a pump so it is very easy to use it. The scent is herbal, so if you read my blog you will know that I am a fan of aromatherapy so this obviously worked for me! Available from Perricone MD, £128.

Deep Sleep Dream Cream 

This cream The scent is a mix of lavender, chamomile, and Vetivert. Massage this cream into your body to hydrate, nourish and relax your body. Remember to breathe in the scent and enjoy the aromatherapy. I am a fan of this cream as it quickly sinks into your skin, repairs damaged skin and has a firming effect. Great if you cannot sleep! Available from Feelunique, £18.

Aussie Miracle Moist Shampoo and Conditioner 
Aussie Miracle Moist is my haircare saviour, it helps to untangle even the worst knots and hydrates the hair. I always wash my hair twice, then apply the conditioner, applying from the roots till the ends. This range smells like bubblegum and reminds me of my childhood every time. I always take these products when I go to the seaside and when I do water sports as it is the only thing that works. If you have dry hair problems, get this! Available from Boots, £5.99.

Sanctuary Spa Smoothing Silk Polish 
Once again, this is another tub of the Santuary Spa Silk Polish. This product will work for you if you like the scents such as Neroli, mixed with essential oils. The products from this range help to clear your mind, reduce stress, tension and anxiety before going to sleep. I tried to find it but I think that it might have been discontinued. If you find it, do let me know!
 Ania’s advice:
1. Do not open all your products
2. Use up the products you have
3. Stop buying! (joking, its impossible)
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Hi beautiful
Everyone needs a pampering session once in a while, I try to do it at least once a week, and if possible twice a week. I treat those sessions as an ultimate relaxation hour to myself, when my phone is off and I don’t think about anything work or uni related. I recently attended an event with Nu Skin and I discovered their great range of products with which I created a pampering ritual which you must try 🙂

Begin your evening by turning off your phone, putting on a relaxing soundtrack and lighting candles in your bathroom and your bedroom. Turn off your main lights to maintain your relaxed mood when you leave the bathroom…

Nu Skin Body Lufra
Turn on your shower and choose a suitable temperature for your skin. Remember not to set it too high as that may irritate your skin. Use body wash as usual, and then follow with the Liquid Body Lufra. The Body Lufra is a gentle exfoliant filled with ground walnut shells which will buff out any rough spots and dead skin cells. It has a smell that works like aromatherapy, the main scent note that I can detect is eucalyptus which reminds me of being in a hammam spa. The grains are quite fine but they do a great job in exfoliating and leaving the skin smooth and ready for further treatments (Available from Nu Skincare, £13.27).

Epoch Glacial Marine Mud 
Marine mud is well known for its purifying properties. It extracts impurities, removes dead skin and nourishes the skin. This mask is suitable for both face and body so after the scrub apply it evenly all over your body and face and leave it on for about 10 minutes until it dries.

Half way through you can use Nu Skin Hydrating Mist and spritz it all over your face and body on top of the mask. The Glacial Marine Mud will dry on your skin, so wash it off with warm water. Warning! Your shower might look like a war zone after but it is worth it! My skin felt purified and silky smooth after the treatment and I felt that the moisturiser I used after was better absorbed into my skin. (Available from Nu Skincare, £24.55)

Epoch Baobab Body Butter 
Dry your skin with towel, and when dry apply the Epoch Baobab Body Butter. It is filled with nourishing ingredients such as hydrating Shea Butter and the fruit of the African Baobab tree. Apply it evenly on your skin, massaging it in circular motions. It is crucial to apply moisturising body butter, after the scrub and purifying mask as it completes the treatment and leaves your skin hydrated and nourished. (Available from Nu Skincare, £27.52)

Epoch Aromatic Stone 
Before you go to sleep, take the Epoch Aromatic Stone (Available from Nu Skincare, £6.79) and apply an essential oil which relaxes you. I personally like Eucalyptus but you can also get lavender or something more fruity such as grapefruit. You can find all the essential oil here. Breathe in the aromatic scent and let your mind wander. Relax and go to sleep x
Ania’s advice:
1. Choose one evening of the week 
2. Create your own, private spa at home
3. Breathe 

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Hi Stunning
The long summer days filled with sunshine are almost here, I am already starting to plan my summer holiday and I literally cannot wait to stay somewhere warmer than London. Recently I attended a Topiary Class with Wilkinson Sword where I received bikini trimmers to try. This topic always comes up before the summer as we wonder whether to sacrifice and do bikini waxing, shave or don’t do anything at all. Wilkinson launched two trimmers and they make life so much easier without any pain, so here is how to prepare for summer with Wilkinson Sword!

Step 1 Choose Your Razor
Before you do anything it is important to choose a good quality razor so that it doesn’t irritate this sensitive area. Wilkinson offers two options, Hydro Silk Bikini for Women and Quattro For Women  Silk Bikini. 
Hydro Silk Bikini for Women 
This is the Blue trimmer, and it is designed especially for dry skin. It contains a water-activated serum with marine extracts and Shea butter which helps to replenish skin’s moisture. It contains 5 razor blades which adapt to the skin. It also has an adjustable comb with 4 settings so you can choose the desired length. It won the 2015 Beauty Awards so you can be sure that it is great product. Available from Boots, £14.99. 
Quattro For Women Bikini 
This is the Orange trimmer, which is designed for normal skin. It comes with a shower grip so you can keep it in the shower and use whenever you need to. It has 4 ultra thin blades and a conditioning strip enriched with Papaya and Pearl complex to nourish the skin. I really liked this product, as it gives a close shave, leaving the area very smooth. The trimmer works very well as well and you can set different lengths. I experienced no irritation, red marks or ingrown hair so I would recommend this!  Available from Boots, £10.99.

Step 2 Trim Your Hair
Set the trimmer to a desired length and then trim your hair however you want.
Step 3 Soften The Hair
Take the shower for 5-10 minutes to soften the hair prior to exfoliating and shaving. 

Step 4 Exfoliate The Skin
Choose a light exfoliant and massage it into your skin in circular motions. Exfoliation prepares the skin for shaving and reduces the chances of ingrown hair.  
Step 5 Shave  
Apply an intimate soap to make shaving easier, and use the razor in the direction of the hair growth to  prevent ingrown hair and irritation. 

Step 6 Moisturise
When you come out of the shower, pat your skin dry and apply a light moisturiser. 

Remember to regularly change your blades to ensure that the they are always sharp, and to avoid any infections Always throw away the razor if it looks rusty!
Ania’s advice:
1. Book your summer holiday!
2. Hit the gym!
3. Remember to moisturise

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Hello Everyone!
It has been a while since I posted an empties post, and I have accumulated so many empties boxes that I need to finally write about them. This time I have products from across all categories, skincare, haircare, bodycare and makeup so am sure you will find something interesting for yourself as well. 

Mitchum Advanced Women 48h Protection Anti-perspirant Deodorant 
I used up two of these as I found Mitchum to be a very effective antiperspirant. It is a creamy deodorant, which makes it is quite hydrating and therefore can be used after you shave without irritating your armpits. It has a very unique smell, quite medicinal I would say, but I really liked it. However, since it is a white, creamy deodorant it can leave white marks on dark clothes. Available in Boots, £3.20
Holland and Barrett Skin Hair Nails  
After the winter months, my hair and nails are quite damaged and need a vitamin boost! So I always reach for Holland and Barrett Skin Hair Nails which immediately strengthens all 3. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who needs a beauty boost! Available in Holland and Barrett, £10.29
Bourgeois Silk Edition Compact Powder
Bourgeois is always one of my favourite choices for powder foundation. It is light, easy to apply and provides an airbrush finish. Actually, many people complemented my make-up when I was wearing this powder, as it provides a light, fresh coverage. I particularly like that it comes with a mirror and a sponge so can be used on the go, and I can always have it in my handbag. Available in Boots, £8.99. 

Osmo Intensive Deep Repair Mask
I got this in the December Dollibox, and I had very good impressions of this product. It was hydrating, smoothed down the frizz and smelt like almonds! I used it all over my hair 2 times a week when my hair was very damaged and it really helped. It is also very reasonable priced so I would give it a try if your hair is dry and damaged. Available at Feelunique, £3.

Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm 
Dry lips – this is the best remedy, 100% natural, smells of beeswax, what more could you want?

Clinique High ImpactMascara
This has been featured previously in my December Favourites. I was happy with this mascara as it lengthened and thickened my lashes without clumping them together. I like to have a small mascara on me wherever I go in case I want to fix my makeup so I would recommend getting this one. 

L’Occitane Shea Hand Cream
Since I have so many empties, I am going to be very brief about this hand cream. It is a second or third tube that I already finished. It is my ultimate dry hands remedy as it is filled with vitamin E, 20% Shea Butter, honey and sweet almond extract and aromas of jasmine and yland-yland essences. Available from L’Occitane, £8. 

Caudalie Honey and Hand Cream 
Unfortunately this has been discontinued even though it was a great hand cream. I don’t really like floral hand creams, so I try to find ones that smell like honey or almonds or have sweet scent notes. This hand cream was hydrating and smelt amazing so I cannot get over the fact that I can no longer buy it…if you find anything similar please let me know! 

Lush Rub Rub Rub
As you can see, I have been using a lot of products from Lush lately so I have a lot of them to review! Rub Rub Rub is a very light salt scrub. It can be used on wet skin as a gentle exfoliant or on dry skin for a more harsh exfoliation. Apparently it can also be used on the hair, but it did not work on my dry hair. I preferred using it on wet skin, in the shower focusing on the décolletage area and using a scrub with thicker grains on other body parts. Available from Lush, £8.95. 

Lush Oatfix Fresh Face Mask
If you are looking for a nourishing face mask then Lush is always a good choice. I love the Oatfix mask as it is very hydrating and smells of sweet almonds! It is mildly exfoliating so after 10-15 minutes, you can gently massage it into your skin to exfoliate the dead skin, using warm water. Like all Lush masks it does not disappoint. Available from Lush, £6.75.

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub 
Lip scrubs have become very popular lately, as they smooth the lips, making the lipstick look so much better. The Popcorn lip scrub is so delicious as it is made with popping candy, coconut oil and caster sugar. I know that the pot may seem quite small, but it lasts forever, even if you are obsessed like me and use it daily. Available from Lush, £5.50. 
Pecksniff’s England Sandalwood and Vanilla Moisturising Shower Gel 
Last but definitely not least is the shower gel from Pecksniff’s. There are two main scent notes in this shower gel, one is sandalwood and the other vanilla, which complement each other and will make you feel like you are in a Romanian Spa. If you are a fan of earthy smells, this is one to try. The shower gel is also hydrating, leaving your skin soft and nourished. Available from Pecksniff website, £30. 

Ania’s advice:
1. Try wearing minimal makeup 
2. You can still keep mascara *-* 
3. Get a tan 


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Hello Gorgous! 
If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that lately I am hitting the gym quite often. I decided to adapt this healthy lifestyle in winter, and I can already see great results. My skin looks better, I wake up full of energy, and obviously I can see the effects of working out on my body. I feel ready for summer and definitely more confident as well. However going to the gym does require some effort, and I need to prepare before going, so here are my gym essentials without which I don’t leave the house! 

Sure Maximum Protection Sport Strength
This is my number 1 essential. I can never go to the gym without a good deodorant that will prevent odour and will help me stay as glamorous as I can whilst doing push-ups, running or boxing. The Sure deodorant is one of the best deodorants I tried as it prevents excessive sweating, and the effect lasts, so you don’t need to constantly reapply it. 
What I like about this particular deodorant is that it has skin moisturising ingredients, and does not irritate the skin, even if you apply it straight after shaving. Sure claims that it is 2x stronger than the leading antiperspirant, and I can agree that it is probably the strongest antiperspirant I tried. I would definitely recommend to take this deodorant to the gym if you want to prevent perspiration in the gym. Available in Boots, £4.99. 
Wilkinson Sword Quattro Raspberry Rain Disposable Razor   
I always carry a razor in my gym bag in case I come straight from university or work, and need to use it before working out. Right now, I am using the Raspberry Rain Razor from Wilkinson Sword. It is a disposable razor, and it is available in a pack of 3 so it is very convenient. However, unlike regular razor, it has 4 blades, helping to target all areas, leaving your skin silky smooth. Also, it may seem hard to believe, but the handle is raspberry scented so your gym bag will smell lovely and, well, using a raspberry scented razor is pretty cool don’t you think? 😉 Available in Boots, £5.99.
Toni and Guy Dry Shampoo
There are those days when your hair is looking terrible and you cannot face the gym without a can/bottle of dry shampoo. My favourite one is from Toni and Guy, as it is lightweight, cleanses the hair and does not stick them together. It adds at least an extra day of freshness, so you will look stunning at the gym even if your hair is not freshly washed. Available in Boots, £7.49.
Dr Paw Paw Multipurpose Balm
There is nothing worse than dry lips at the gym, so I always take Dr Paw Paw original multipurpose balm which I can also use on my cuticles and hair. It doesn’t have a scent, so it will not bother you during your workout. It is made with natural ingredients with healing properties so ideal for workout time. Available from Dr Paw Paw, £6.95. 
Tabitha James Kraan Organic Hair Cleanser Golden Citrus 
Obviously showering after the gym is essential, and usually you do need to wash your hair, unless you do some lightweight exercise like stretching or yoga. I am a fan of Tabitha James Kraan, ever since I tried her conditioner. 

I consider going to the gym to be a detoxifying activity for me so I try to use minimal amount of chemicals, during and after exercising which is why I chose the Organic Hair Cleanser. It is formulated with 86% organic ingredients such as oatmilk, argan oil, coconut oil, aloe vera and essential oil (neroli, tea tree, angering, lavender, myrrh and bergamot) which are great for hair and scalp. This shampoo not only cleanses the hair but also balances and soothes the scalp, reduces frizz and strengthens the hair. It is ideal for after gym as it also calms excessive oil production and has anti-inflammatory properties. Available from Au Sujet De Vert, £22.50/150ml. 

The Collection Concealer (Shade 1) 
I am a fan of minimal makeup in the gym, as sweating with a full makeup face is not good for the skin at all. However, I cannot go to the gym completely bare faced so I always take my Collection Concealer. I am always talking about this concealer so to keep it short, it provides great coverage, lasts long and looks great throughout the workout. 
Body Wash 
I always take a travel size body wash with me to the gym in case there are no body washes available or I don’t like the products. After the gym I like to use a body wash which has a fresh smell like this one, formulated with geranium, lavender and peppermint which when combined together smell divine. 
Ania’s advice:
1. Aim to workout 2 – 3 times a week 
2. Don’t get demotivated if you don’t see results straight away 
3. Create a ‘gym essentials’ bag


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