6 Fresh Summer Moisturizers: Body & Hand Faves | Beauty


I've really been enjoying my moisturizers this summer, I've found some new delicious scents as well as tried out new hand creams, and wanted to share them with you. As someone who suffers from naturally dry skin, I still use body butters throughout the summer in the evening after a nice shower when you've been under the hot sun all day to restore my skin's dehydration overnight. In the morning, if and where needed, I like to slather on something much lighter but still moisturizing enough. Here are some of my summer body and hand moisturizer faves:

BODY:

Papaya Body Butter, The Body Shop. This smells exactly like papaya - fresh, sweet, and lovely, it just makes me think of summer in a tub. I use this on days when I feel that I want more hydration and plumpness to my skin (this goes for all of TBS's body butters), it's creamy and super moisturizing which I appreciate even during warmer months. I also find that the scent will get along with fruity-ish perfumes as it's quite discreet and mild, like papaya.

Butter Yourself Body Cream, Soap & Glory. If body butters are way too thick for you in the summer, definitely check out this body cream. It's a little heavier than a lotion but a lot lighter than a body butter, so a good option if you find that lotions aren't moisturizing enough but that body butters are too much. This goes on and absorb very easily so your skin won't feel the least bit sticky in the summer heat and it has a great smell of xxx.

Fuji Green Tea Body Butter, The Body Shop. This is, hands down, the most refreshing scent out of all the TBS body butters I've tried out. Firstly, I do find this to be quite a strong scent which means that it'll linger on your skin. Secondly, as it's such a "cold" scent it's incredibly fresh and soothing (rather than overbearing.) I'm not sure I'd be able to guess that this was green tea but I enjoy it a whole lot, it's perfect after an evening shower when you've been out in the sun all day.


HANDS:

Pear and Pink Magnolia Hand Cream, Crabtree & Evelyn. This little thing is my hand cream of choice for this summer. It's the ultimate size to pop in your handbag and works great for my dry hands without being heavy or greasy. I'm not the biggest fan of floral scents but do enjoy this really nice, pink magnolia scent and have loved using it as well as smelling it on my hands. I also got the hand cream in the scent of 'Citron, Honey & Coriander' and 'Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed' which I look forward to using.

Hand & Cuticle Cream, Yes to Coconut. I've been enjoying this coconut-scented hand cream as my at-home/between-hand-washes hand cream, when you just want to slather something on that'll absorb quickly and won't leave your hands greasy. I wouldn't be able to use this in the wintertime as it's not the most hydrating thing if you have very dry hands, if not, this will likely work awesomely for you year-round. I like the scent, I like the consistency, and it's decent for me to use at home.

Shea Butter Hand Cream, L'Occitane. If I want to work something a bit thicker into my skin that'll feel more protective on my hands, I'll go for this one. I find this to be a universal scent that most will enjoy - it's quite soft and comforting, not in-your-face but just there. I also like that when I apply this cream I can feel it on, not in a thick way, but knowing it's softening and moisturizing my hands which is what I usually look for in hand creams.

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What moisturizer(s) have been your pick for this summer?



29 Snapshots from Taiwan | Travel Photo Diary


Just as I was warming up to blogging again my camera charger went missing (just found under layers of folded clothes in my dresser yesterday) which is a very mysterious and perplexing occurrence as I never misplace or lose anything, so it threw me off my game of planning posts. And then I flew off on vacation, one of the destinations for the summer being Taiwan.

I've never really thought about going so I was looking forward to having a very relaxing visit, checking out the must-see spots to my liking and basically just wandering around. Spent a few days in the very lovely Taipei and a couple of days at Sun Moon Lake.
Hope you enjoy:


△ Taipei was one of those places for me where I just felt at home, comfortable, safe.
Their underground system is awesome so it's a piece of cake getting around and finding your way, the food's yummy, and (as the big city nerd I am) their shopping malls and galleries are great. Also, we had surprisingly little issue with language. There are Information booths practically everywhere and those that speak english do so very well. This shot is from the Taipei 101 Tower.


Apple & Coconut: Super Sweet Bites | Recipe


When I'm craving something super sweet, either candy or chocolate will do the trick. I'm always looking for healthier substitutes to quench that sweet-craving and there are a ton of healthy treats and snacks that you can make; definitely check out my homemade cranberry & almond chocolate or cacao energy bites if you're craving something chocolate-y! If not, you should try these apple and coconut bites - they're quick and easy, and the dates and apple make this a seriously sweet treat (I'd literally just have one a day and that'd be enough):


7 Summer Hair Product Must-Haves | Beauty


During the winter months I just strive to keep my hair alive and not breaking off. Now that summer's here and everything's blooming, I don't mind spending more time on it... finding the right products, styling it, maintaining it. I like for my hair to feel healthy when you run your fingers through it, be soft, and smell delicious, so that's been the goal. I've loved focusing on my hair rather than my makeup, which, I keep as natural as possible in the summertime. These are seven of my summer hair product must-haves:


'Eden' Sugar Melon & Honeysuckle, Batiste Dry Shampoo. I have been wanting to switch up my dry shampoo and spread my wings as I find that the Batiste dry shampoos make my hair a little too gritty, as great as they are, but I couldn't help myself when I came across a scent I hadn't tried that sounded this dreamy. And guys, it is freaking dreamy. I like a scent that isn't overpowering or in your face, the 'Cherry' scent is my nightmare, to give you an idea of what I don't like. 'Eden' smells like a beautiful summer afternoon. It's a slightly warmer scent with a hint of sweetness, really think sugar melon - lightly sweet, it's so suitable and wonderful for the summertime (and limited edition.)

Curl Definition + Soft Feel Serum, Aussie. This is rapidly making its way to my holy grails. It's a dual personality serum which defines curls as well as deeply conditioning your hair. I started using this to give life to my second- or third-day curls (I believe the product is primarily meant for naturally curly hair but I use it whenever I've curled my straight hair, and it's awesome) and instantly witnessed how it returned that springiness to strands. I wasn't too interested in the soft-feel side of the product as I already used hair oils, but man, my hair is the softest it's ever been with this. I kid you not. I haven't touched hair oils since noticing this. If I've used this on my hair for a few days it's the silkiest thing ever. And it smells incredible, a scent that I can't put my finger on, but it's addictive (would've been perfect as a shower gel or candle.)

New York & Rio, COLAB Dry Shampoo. These are a great alternative for a lighter dry shampoo if you don't struggle with heavy oils and just want a nice product to "touch up" your second-day hair and freshen it a bit - perfect for summer. I don't feel the powder in my hair and the scents are pleasant. I got these in travel sizes to bring with me this summer as I rarely reach for a heavier dry shampoo on vacation. 'New York' is a fruity fragrance with apple and melon (probably my fave of the two,) and 'Rio' is a tropical fragrance with papaya and pineapple.



I've never used a shampoo or conditioner that I've loved, or that I've genuinely noticed did anything extensive to my hair. Just nada. I usually grab whatever at the store and that's it, so imagine my utter surprise when trying these out and feeling the difference on my hair as soon as it started air-drying, after the very first wash. First thing's first, all of these smell great, super yummy-smelling as you would expect and as the name suggests. I was happiest about the 'coconut milk' one since the scent is so pleasantly authentic to coconut. What I've never experienced with any other shampoo or conditioner is how much fuller my hair felt right away, not necessarily in a volumizing way, but stronger and so much healthier, as well as amazingly clean and fresh. I've already stocked up and can't see myself using anything else for a while. (And, you can't tell, but the bottles are pretty huge in real life which is a big plus.)

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What's your must-have hair product for summer?
Do recommend!


39 Things That's Made Me Happy Lately | Summer


How do you start a blog post after a two months blogging hiatus?!

Maybe with a question. Where the heck have I been? It all started after this post. I went away for a few days and when I got back I wasn't quite the same - I felt so revitalized, so refreshed, and kick-assy. In order words, I totally lost my blog focus (but totally gained life focus.) You know that concentration you need to read a book, otherwise the words just won't register in your brain? A lot like that but in a I-can't-sit-down-and-write-a-blog-post-because-I-don't-want-to-sit-down way. Honestly, I almost believed I wouldn't be writing another blog post again and thought about bidding farewell to Wild Hearts & Green Tea. I was that out of it. 

So, thank you. So very much. For sticking around, checking in, leaving comments, and being wonderful. And for those who have written me to see if I'm okay - you guys are the best.

Here are 39 things that's made me very happy lately:

1. Getting to know people you could've missed out on so easily

2. Iced tea

3. Hanging out by the water for hours on end

4. Saying yes more and just “going for it”

5. Anything and everything natural

6. Wavy hair

7. Never running out of things to discuss or laugh about with friends

8. Summer sale - I’ve been shopping like a maniac

9. New cities

10. Feeling wild and free

11. Sour cream & onion chips

12. Nikes - what I’ve found to be the comfiest shoes on the planet

13. Baby pink lip shades

14. Nice cream (how to make nice cream?)

15. T-shirt maxi dresses with cool cutouts or slits

16. Hugging someone that hugs like you do

17. Litte, delicate gold jewelry

18. Having sushi with your best friend

19. Smiling strangers, smiling to strangers

20. Packing skills

21. That perfect medium-sized bag for a day out

22. Second chances, when things work out better the second time around

23. Café-hopping

24. Airplanes & airports

25. Bardot-style tops, I don’t think it gets more feminine or summer-y

26. ‘Do You Remember’ - obsessed with this song

27. Stick-on bras

28. Long walks admiring lush trees and blooming parks

29. Starry skies

30. Not doing anything

31. Lemonade

32. Petrichor; the smell after it’s rained

33. Golden highlighter doubling as eyeshadow

34. Duster coats

35. ‘Cinderella

36. Opening the windows at night

37. Having fun while exercising

38. Palm leaf prints

39. The fact that I finally came around to writing another blog post (sorry)


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What are 3 things that's made you happy lately?


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