Dear Santa: the loveliest beauty gifts for her

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Dear Santa,

I don’t think I ever felt betrayed once I learned you’re not real. One of the funniest memories is the last time you brought me presents. That was the last time my brother acted as Santa and the whole family tried to hold their laugh – except the Santa himself. I remember looking at him laughing exactly like my brother does – wearing my brother’s socks and clothes underneath the poorly dressed up Santa outfit.

Nowadays my Santa comes in a different form when I get gifts from my family and Risto. I’m also acting as Santa myself.

The loveliest beauty gifts for her

I like giving beauty products as presents. When the product is good quality and beautiful to look at, it will get a lot of use. Giving ice, but useful gifts is important to me. Here are my picks from Lyko this year!

YSL Lipsticks & YSL Sequin Crush Eyeshadows

YSL makeup products are the ultimate gift, because it’s almost like giving a YSL handbag to someone.  I’ve now tried the brand’s lipsticks, foundations and eyeshadows and I’m sold on their quality. YSL makeup products I like to keep on display and therefore use a lot.

*YSL Tatouage Couture lipsticks
These lipsticks have a semi matte finish and lots of pigment. I have a tutorial using these here.

*YSL Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks
Perfect for someone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time perfecting their lip makeup. This glossy formula you can just throw on and it’s super comfortable on the lips.

*YSL Sequin Crush Eyeshadows
The most sparkly eyeshadows I own. They bring any makeup to the next level. They’re also easy to use, since you get the best results when you just press them on with your finger. I will post tutorials with these eyeshadows on wednesday, stay tuned!

Smith & Cult Nail polish, Lip gloss

My love for Smith & Cult products continues. These products are super beautiful, not as expensive as YSL, but they perform really well. And they’re unique so it’s nice to give these as gifts.

*Smith & Cult Nail Lacquer
The prettiest nail polish I own. All Smith & Cult nail polishes are 8-free. They also have *this cute gift set, which contains three colors!

*Smith & Cult The Shining Lip Lacquer
A beautiful lip gloss with a bit of a sticky finish, which makes it last pretty well on the lips. This has a sweet scent, which I’m all about. The color I have is a light rosy pink with some gold shimmer.

Amelie Soie silk hair scrunches & hairbands

I was super excited to find these 100 % mulberry silk products from Lyko. Who doesn’t like to take care of their hair? Silk is the ultimate fabric for hair, since it’s gentle and soft. Your hair will thank you. These are perfect for anyone on the Curly Girl method – and for anyone who’s not.

P.S. Their labels say: You are a star.

*Amelie Soie Silk Bow Scrunches
Beautiful scrunchie with a removable bow. I have the beige one, which goes with any outfit.

*Amelie Soie Silk Hairband
This is the first hairband since forever, that I’m actually using. It’s effortless, stylish and super comfortable.

+ lots more!

Besides these, Lyko also has some nice gift sets and a great selection of brands, including Benefit, RMS beauty, MAC, Clarins, Yankee Candle and a lot more. If you’re still looking for Christmas presents or just want to treat yourself, you can now get -20% discount on everything with the code ‘charlottajoulu’. Shop *here! Valid until 16.12.19. Does not include campaign products.

Have you bought all your gifts this year?

AQUIS fast dry towels for curly hair

Aquis fast drying towel review

Sponsored collaboration with Abreve Oy

Fast drying hair – there’s a wish I’ve had every time I’ve washed my hair and come out of the shower. One of the most frustrating things is waiting for my hair to dry once I’ve washed it. And I know I’m not alone. No one likes to wait two or three hours for their hair to dry.

But guess what? I no longer need to. I’ve found a special towel that dries my hair in half the time than a regular towel. At the same time that towel has improved my curl pattern and my hair quality – as impossible as it sounds.

Aquis fast-drying towels for curly, wavy & all hair types

I’m so excited about this collaboration, because these towels have actually improved my every day life and my curls. Since I have naturally wavy hair, I’m all about keeping it healthy and I don’t like to dry it with heat that often. Drying my hair with these special towels from Aquis is a gentle way to speed up the drying process.

Plopping my hair with the Aquis turban has improved my curl definition – the turban helps the curls to set into tighter waves and curls. Once my hair is mostly dry, it’s easy to add all the styling products and make the most out of my waves and curls.

How do Aquis towels work? What makes them special?

Aquis towels are made from special Aquitex fabric, which cuts down the drying time by 50 %. We all know that wet hair is easily damaged or stretched, so getting it quickly dry without friction is a good thing. I have my natural hair color, but if you dye your hair, Aquis towels also help to keep your hair color vibrant.

The fabric feels high quality and soft. A regular towel fabric makes my hair frizzy, whereas with these I feel like my hair becomes shinier.

Aquis towels help with curl definition and shape, since the problem with curly hair is getting the hair to dry in the right shape. Aquis hair turbans are perfect for plopping! I love to first scrunch out the water with Aquis towel and after that I plop my hair. I keep the turban on for 30-60 minutes. After that my hair is mostly dry and it’s convenient to either diffuse it to totally dry or let it air dry.

You’ll find a discount code for these products at the end of this post.

Aquis Towel for long hair, Lisse Luxe
Aquis Hair Turban, Lisse Luxe

How to: Plopping curly or wavy hair with Aquis fast-drying turban

Plopping is a great way to get your natural curls or waves to really show up. It’s all about letting your hair dry so that the curl definition or pattern is not ruined. You are basically tying your hair up upside down to create volume and definition.

  1. Place the turban on an even surface, a table or a sofa for example. Open it so that your hair can fall into it.
  2.  Your head upside down, place your hair in the turban. Pile your hair so that when you tie the turban together your hair is right above your head in a nice pile. Don’t tie the towel around your hair, so that the curls don’t get stretched (unless you want that).
  3. Let the towel absorb the water and remove the turban. After that either diffuse or let air dry. Voilà!

You can also use the towel to create a turban, but for curly haired beauties, I recommend using the actual turban. The towel is awesome for all the hair types though, and if you’re not looking for curls, it dries the hair even faster since you can tie your hair in it (like you would do with a normal towel). But as I said, I feel like I get the best results once I first scrunch out the majority of the water, before putting the turban on.

All in all, I’m so pleased with these towels and my results! There’s no going back to regular ones. I feel like now I actually look forward to washing my hair and the whole curly hair routine.

And since I’m talking about Aquis towels, I have to mention another product I’ve been using from them for several years now. I have their head band, which I use every morning when I wash my face. It keeps my hair dry and hair out of my face. It’s great quality as well and has lasted well in my every day use.

aquis hair towels turbans review

If you would like to try these, you can get -10% off with the affiliate code ‘CHARLOTTA’ on Aquis Finland Shop. I can warmly recommend these towels. Valid until 31.12.2020. Shop here!

You’ll find all the Aquis resellers from their official site here.

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