The Beauty Bee Awards: Best of 2013!

BBAIt’s time to go through my Beauty favourites for 2013! :) I had a difficult time choosing between products, so I thought it would be fun to present the “winners” alongside the other products that nearly made it. I love everything shown here, but the winners have been consistent faves throughout the year (or at least since I acquired them).

I didn’t limit myself to any number of categories, but I ended up with a nice round number: 10. The winners/faves are named in the photo and my little bee mascot can be seen hovering close to them. Let’s have a look! :) 

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Save vs. Splurge: Hand Cream

Happy Monday, everyone! To start the week, I just wanted to really quickly share something I found at Watsons over the weekend as I was taking advantage of their awesome sale:
Glam Works hand cream! It caught my eye right away because it looks exactly like the L’Occitane hand cream that I usually have in my handbag. So I grabbed it and had a look at the price– 49.00php! What a steal! There were other scents available, but I picked up Green Tea because that’s the exact kind I just got from L’Occitane to replace my usually plain Shea Butter. 

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“Wash your hands!”

… was never really something I had to be told twice, even as a kid. I’ve always been rather conscious of personal hygiene and having a neat appearance. When I was in grade school, I would leave home with neatly combed hair and a fresh uniform and I would arrive home after a full day with neatly combed hair and a fresh-looking uniform, even if I had been out playing. So yes, I did still play out in the sun and do regular kiddy things, but I would always make sure to clean up afterwards.

The only soap that I trust 100% is Safeguard. I don’t feel like I’ve killed all the germs on my hands unless I use it. The Eucalyptus scented one is my fave because it’s green (in my mind, green = clean) and it smells nice and fresh and not artificial at all. If and when I’m not at home, I carry a pack of hand or baby wipes with me at all times. I prefer wipes over gel hand sanitizers because I don’t like the idea of just killing the germs on your hands and not being able to rinse them off. Wipes just seem more thorough to me, plus they aren’t bulky. Med Guard is my favourite brand for wipes, but Kleenex and Jhonson’s Baby wipes are pretty good too!

After all that washing (and I do wash my hands all the time– I’m actually headed for the bathroom more often with the intent to wash and not to use the toilet) my hands need moisture! At home I use Oilatum Cream and in my bag I keep a L’Occitane hand cream. I’ve always used the regular shea butter kind from L’Occitane but I’m eyeing the green tea one for when I run out of this tube!

Never underestimate the importance of having clean hands. It’s very important to avoid touching your face (eyes and lips in particular) if you haven’t had a chance to wash your hands–the kinds of bacteria they can pick up are just crazy. This is one thing I would actually encourage being anal-retentive about. haha

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