Birthday Wish List 2016


One of the things I love most about my birthday is the freedom to treat myself all month long (yes all month, hello Leo season!) without feeling guilty and what I unabashedly want most is more skincare. Yep, I love skincare so much that I have multiple categorized (cleansers, toners etc) and ranked (most wanted to casual wants) wish lists dedicated to all the beautiful products I can’t wait to get on my face, and this post is a look at the things I want right now.

Sunday Riley U.F.O Ultra-Clarifying Facial Oil 30ml $80


Ingredients: Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Seed Oil, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Ethyl Linoleate, Hexylresorcinol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Salicylic Acid, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citrus Paradisii (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Amino Esters-1, Amber Leaf Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Pearl Powder, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Oil.

Unlike so many of you, I haven’t been lucky when it comes to Sunday Riley products. Good Genes broke me out like crazy due to my (at the time unknown) lactic acid allergy, Ceramic Slip dried out my combination skin and I didn’t see the overnight results others did with Luna. No matter how much I wanted to use these amazing products, they just didn’t work for me but this new launch has got me excited about the brand all over again. Salicylic Acid is one of my favourite ingredients and I have been using a 2% solution from Bravura for most of this year with great results (review here). While I love what the Bravura product does for my skin, I’m not totally happy with the inci list and I have a good feeling that this product is going to be the perfect alternative to it. It’s a dry oil (love) that contains a whole host of incredible ingredients like 1.5% salicylic acid, milk thistle, black cumin, licorice root, neem, turmeric and pearl powder that will help treat blemishes and congestion, as well as nourish, brighten and smooth the skin. I know a few of you already have it and are loving the results (check out From The Bullet‘s glowing review here) and while it’s not available where I am yet, I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I recently started using Tidal and I love it and just know I will love U.F.O too.

De Mamiel Intense Nurture Antioxidant Elixir £80


Ingredients: Aqua/water/eau, Diheptyl succinate***, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut), Capryloy Glycerin/ Sebacic Acid Copolymer***, Opuntia ficus-indica (prickly pear) seed oil*, Xylitylglucoside, Olive Glycerides, Anhydroxylitol (olive), Sodium hyaluronate, Oryzanol (rice germ), Malachite extract, Benzyl alcohol***, Xylitol, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline***, Lysolecithin (rapeseed)***, Sclerotium Gum***, Ceramide 3, Citrus sinensis (orange) peel oil*, Pullulan***, Xanthan gum, Salicylic acid***, Cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil, Crithmum maritimum (marine samphire) extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Glucose, Boswellia carterii (frankincense) gum oil**, Pelargonium roseum (geranium) leaf oil*, Sodium Hydroxide***, Sorbic acid***, Citrus bergamia (bergamot – BF) peel oil*, Commiphora myrrha (myrrh) resin extract**, Pogostemon cablin (patchouli) leaf oil**, Vetiveria zizanoides (vetiver) root oil**, Rosa centifolia (wild rose) flower oil**, Jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower oil, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower/leaf/ stem oil*, Sophora japonica (Japanese pagoda) flower extract, Citronellol _, Farnesol__, Geraniol__, Isoeugenol__, Limonene__, Linalool__ Menyanthes trifoliate (bogbean), Aconitum napellus (monkshood), Parnassia palustris (grass of parnassus), Grand Quintile, Pinus sylvestris (grandmother pine), Trientalis europaea (chickweed wintergreen), Helleborus foetidus (english bearsfoot), Linum bienne (pale flax). *** ECOCERT Certified/Approved Certified organic *Natural essential oil constituents **Wild harvested Flower and Environmental essences.

After falling madly in love with this stunning brand and the person who introduced it to me last month (more on that soon) I am completely obsessed with De Mamiel and want every. single. product. The new and truly out of this world revolutionary atmosphériques line has totally blown me away and I can’t get enough of the heavenly Pure Calm Cleansing Dew and gorgeous Exhale Daily Hydrating Nectar. There are seriously not enough words to describe how exquisite these products are and because of that I must complete my collection with this serum, which is all about protecting, repairing and renewing the skin. I have a feeling this is the not so secret star (it’s sold out more than once) of the three new releases and after reading through the extensive and exciting inci list, it’s easy to see why. It contains Superoxide Dismutase (found in NIOD’s incredible SDSM toner) which stimulates cell renewal, Ferulic Acid for it’s anti-inflammatory benefits, Quercetin to help accelerate skin repair and Malachite, which most importantly boosts the skin’s ability to fight free radicals and toxic compounds. This is a serum like no other and does so much more that it really needs and deserves a dedicated blog post, but until then just know – I want this and you need it.

Tata Harper Clarifying Moisturizer 50ml $105


Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Aqua/Water/Eau, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract*, Glycerin, Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood) Seed Oil, Propanediol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Seed Oil, Lactobacillus Ferment, Squalane, Lactobacillus, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Lactobacillus/Arundinaria Gigantea Ferment Filtrate, Oenothera biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil*, Hydrolyzed Avocado Protein, Alpha-glucan Oligosaccharide, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dictyopteris Membranacea (Sea fern) Extract, Zinc PCA, Copper PCA, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Serenoa serrulata fruit Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Tremella Fuciformis (mushroom) Extract, Lentinus Edodes Extract, Narcissus tazetta (Daffodil) Bulb Extract*, Menyanthes trifoliata (Buckbean) Flower Extract, Arnica montana (Arnica) Extract*, Borago officinalis (Borage) Leaf Extract*, Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) Extract*, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract*, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Stearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Sclerotium Gum, Lysolecithin, Xanthan Gum, Pullulan, Phenethyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Silica, Maltodextrin, Aroma**,  Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. *Ingredients from Organic farming. ** Clinical grade essential oils blend.

I spotted this extremely exciting new launch while scrolling through Instagram (thanks to my dear friend Patricia who posted the gorgeous shot above) and I actually gasped out loud when I saw it. I have been a huge fan of Tata Harper for years now and they were the first brand I turned to when I wanted to make the green beauty switch. Ever since then they have taken up permanent residence in my skincare stash and I always have both the Nourishing Oil Cleanser and Purifying Cleanser (and usually have the Resurfacing Mask but I just ran out) as they are my favourites, but this new launch is exactly the type of product I have always wanted from Tata Harper and I think it’s going to steal the top spot from the others. With all the travelling I have been doing this year I have fallen behind with Tata’s wonderful new releases (I still need to get the Purifying Mask, along with everything else) and have a long list of products I need to buy but this beauty has now taken top priority. It has a lengthy list of wonderful ingredients like zinc, willow bark extract, aloe vera, lactobacillus ferment and mushroom extract, among many, many others that will soothe, clarify, balance, heal and nourish the skin without causing any congestion or irritation. Even though it has already launched on the website, I have no idea when it will be in stores (and other countries) but I hope it’s soon because this is such a brilliant launch and my skin is doing a happy dance in anticipation of it’s arrival. If you want to read more about it, Patricia has an excellent review up (here) that has got me even more excited!

NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 5% 15ml £130


Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Ethoxydiglycol, Pentylene Gltcol, Copper Tripeptide-1, Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3, PPG-26 Buteth-26, PEG40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxythanol.

As I’m sure all of you know by now, NIOD are one of my all time favourite brands and the incredible CAIS (review here) has been a staple in my skincare routine ever since it launched. When the brand released the 5% version of the serum I didn’t really pay much attention to it because it seemed like more than my skin needed and at the time I was very happy with the 1%. Recently, I had a bit of a skin issue and along with a few other key products that I will be posting about soon, CAIS really came to the rescue and healed my skin in no time. Unfortunately, it’s still not back to where it was and I think the 5% is just the boost it needs. I have reread Brandon’s comments on 1% vs 5% it seems like the perfect short term solution to get my skin back on track because even though it has completely healed, I now have some discoloration and noticeable (to me) uneven skin tone that has been getting better thanks to the products I have been using, but could really use the CAIS 5% to help it along even more. It’s definitely an investment but one I think is worth making as I would use it for 2-3 weeks and then only use it when my skin needs extra help, which I think is the best way to get the most out of it.

Cosrx Holy Moly Snail Mask 21ml $3 (approx).


Ingredients: Red ginseng water, snail secretion filtrate, methylpropanediol, butylene glycol, glycerin, 1,2-hexanediol, allantoin, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, sodium polyacrylate, sodium hyaluronate, arginine, ethylhexylglycerin, phenoxyethanol.

Snail filtrate has been a favourite ingredient of mine for quite awhile now and this new sheet mask from Cosrx looks so fun and right up my street. I have recently become obsessed with the brand thanks to a lovely package from the newly launched and amazing Buttermilk Skincare (more on them soon) and have used the Advanced Snail Mucin 96 Power Essence almost daily since it arrived. Snail filtrate has some wonderful benefits for the skin and is highly repairative, healing, soothing and hydrating. It softens and brightens the complexion as well as reducing breakouts. This is the first sheet mask from the brand and I think it would be perfect for travelling or as the hydrating step in a triple mask routine. I will be doing a post on Buttermilk Skincare and the Cosrx products I have soon and if you’ve never tried anything from them, I highly recommend them because they have done wonders for my skin already.

Odacité A Summer in Hossegor Hyperpigmentation Serum 15ml $149/£115


Ingredients: Daucus Carota (Wild Carrot**) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Corymbosum (Blueberry**) Seed Oil, Carica Papaya (Papaya**) Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti*) Fruit Oil. *Wild Crafted, **Organic.

I have been such a huge fan of Odacité for quite some time now and adore their beautiful Oleosomes Time Release Delivery Créme (review here), as well as the outstanding serum concentrates, of which Pa+G is a total favourite right now. Because of the success I have been having with the small but mighty Papaya and Geranium wonder product (more on that story soon) I have set my sights on this stunning blend from the brand’s covetable Private Collection. Originally created for Valérie’s mom and named after their summer home in the South of France (so sweet), this product is an intensive skin treatment serum that focuses on reducing hyperpigmentation, brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles, which is just what I need after a little too much time in the sun these past couple of months. It contains a simple yet potent and pure mix of the highest quality oils that are organic or wild crafted and packed full of natural actives that will even skin tone and intensely revitalize the complexion. As I have loved every single product I have tried from Odacité I have full faith this serum will be the perfect addition to my post-summer skincare routine and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Dr. Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel 120ml $65/£56


Ingredients: Into a base of aloe vera gel*, witch hazelº and grape alcohol* (from the fermentation of organically grown grapes) the following herbs are blended: greater nettle*, german chamomileº, myrrhº, european elder*, sweet weed*, french lavender*, curacao orange*, benzoinº, rosemary*, olibanumº, wild fennelº, balm mint*, sea oakº, atlantic kelpº and red seaweedº. We also added natural vitamin B and C complexes and 100% pure essential oils. * certified organically grown º ethically wild-crafted.

I had a sample of this a few months ago and remember loving it but with all the moving I did around that time I completely forgot to purchase a full size. Recently I have been reminded of it thanks to my sweet and funny friend Mariko because Dr. Alkaitis products are pretty much always in her beautiful skincare routines. What I liked about this product is how much my skin is calmed and soothed and how effective it was on healing blemishes without drying out the skin or causing irritation to the surrounding areas. This is such a lovely anti-bacterial treatment that will strengthen the skin, balance the pH and even out skin tone. I absolutely love the mix of ingredients like grape alcohol (actually good for skin), greater nettle, wild fennel, atlantic kelp and red seaweed and really appreciate the ingredients are either organic or wild harvested. I think Dr. Alkaitis is quite an underrated brand and I’m looking forward to exploring their products more, starting with this one.

African Botanics Résurrection Eye Crèam 15ml $95/£82.50


Ingredients: Aqua (De-ionised water), Myrothammus flabellifolia (Resurrection) plant extract, Aspalathus linearis (Green Rooibos) tea extract, Coffee Arabica (Coffee) Essential Oil, Sclerocarya birrea (Marula) Seed Oil**, Arnica Montana (Arnica) Oil, Adansonia digitata (Baobab) Oil, Daucus Carrota (Carrot) Seed Oil, Butyrosperum parkii (Shea Butter), Hyssopus officinalis (Hyssop) Oil, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Hamamelis (Witch Hazel), Mel millis (wild flower honey), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil, Rose Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Citrus aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, Citric Acid (Vitamin C), Acetyl TETRAPEPTIDE-9, Argentum Potabile (Colloidal silver), Palm Glycerine BP, Copernicia cerifera (Carnauba wax), Xantum gum, D-Tocopherol (Vitamin E). ** Certified Organic.

I have recently been suffering from dryness under my eyes, which made me realize that I don’t actually have an eye product dedicated to hydration. Choosing this was a no-brainer for me as I have been using the now discontinued/updated Intense Skin Repair Balm as a substitute eye cream and it has helped so much. African Botanics are such an exceptional brand and they have been one of my most loved ever since I discovered them about 3 years ago now. This eye cream sounds incredible and claims to deeply hydrate, boost cell renewal, plump, smooth and tighten to reduce the appearance of dark cirlces, wrinkles and puffiness. I never thought I would need a product like this but my eyes have been so irritated lately and this marvelous creation seems like the perfect solution. Just from ingredients like African Resurrection Plant Extract, Marula Oil, Kalahari Melon Seed Oil and Wild Flower Honey, I can easily see how beautiful this eye cream is and it makes my heart break for the package I have been chasing all over the world (it seems) since February (long story). One of my top priorities when I get back home is to pick up my products and fully immerse myself in the beauty of this brand but until then, this is what I’ve got my eye on (haha).

Kat Burki Cucumber Balancing Elixir 100ml $65/£52


Ingredients: Structured Electrolyzed Water (Water), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM – Oxygen Sulfur Compound), Colloidal Silver, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender Water), Caprylyl Capryl Glucoside, Cucumber Hydrosols, Enzymes, Camu Camu Berry, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, R Lipoic Acid, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Glycolic Acid, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Oil, Morinda Citrifolia (Noni).

Kat Burki is a brand I am not really familiar with at all but ever since the products started popping up in my insta-friends skincare routines I have been coveting their products like crazy. The one that has most intrigued me is the Balancing Elixir because I am a sucker for toners/mists/essences and the packaging of this is so pretty, plus when I looked up the ingredients I was in love. Just take a look at the inci list above – structured electrolyzed water? Yes please! MSM? An incredible skin healing ingredient. Colloidal Silver? Anti-inflammatory and anti-viral. This has got to be one of the very best ingredients list I have ever seen for this type of product and would be absolutely amazing for those with combination or blemish prone skin. Kat Burki says this will help brighten, lighten and tighten, but more than that it will heal, soothe and renew the skin. This product alone has got me so excited about the brand and I’m already looking into what else to try.

There is nothing like researching products to get me excited about doing a bit of skincare shopping and I would love to hear what you’ve all got on your wish lists or if you have tried any of these products.



13 thoughts on “Birthday Wish List 2016

  1. Hi Arly, happy belated birthday to you!! That’s a beautiful Wish List with all the great products! It’s a shame that SR products did not work for you! I had good results with GG, Luna and Bionic. None of the products in your wish list i have ever tried! I wish that your wish(es) will come true!! 🙂 IG: @estheryhc


  2. Arly, one more time Happy Birthday and you are lucky to have born in one of the most beautiful month of the year.

    I love your this wish list and cannot wait until read some of your future reviews.

    De Mamiel brand is completely new for me and hope I will test some of their products soon.

    You already know my obsession about African Botanics and I hope you will be able to love your parcel soon.

    I wrote you the other day that you deserve some gift for us and looking at your wish list, would you accept Kat Burki Beauty Elixir Cucumber 80 ml sample?

    It’s always pleasure reading you.

    I wish you the best for the rest of your birthday month.

    Sending a lot of love.


  3. Oh NOOOOOO look what you’ve done, I’m running to look at some of these beauties now… your picks are always so great as we have similar concerns and almost the same skin type, so I can rely on your recs really well. I am using the SR oil and like you I have not been well off with SR products, and I love this oil! I hope you can get it sometime!


  4. Happy Birthday! Nice list 🙂 I’m really curious about Dr Alkaitis – and intrigued by the fact this brand seems to do relatively little marketing. I particularly want to try his Ageless Facial Elixir which I have heard great things about by word of mouth.


  5. Happy belated birthday to you . I am a Leo too 🙂 . I love reading wish list posts . I have my eyes set on niod, tata harper and cosrx . So much love For korean brands. IG username : @anushapuri


  6. Happy birthday month fellow Leo! Love your choices. My birthday was earlier this month and I’m still celebrating. 😍


  7. Great list! I’ve seen the NIOD products and have been curious about these. What skin conditions would you say would best benefit from them? Thanks!


  8. Just found yr blog, a lot to read through:) Can I ask you if The Copper Serum can be used cornets area? I could use some firming, there is a laxity issue I am dealing with…
    Also, I am wondering were do you read Brandon’s comments? I am so curious about the brand and would love to read what he has to say. TIA!


    1. Hello Kira! So happy you have found my blog and I hope it wasn’t too much to read lol! 🙂 I use the Copper Serum all over and take it up around the eyes too. I read Brandon’s comments on their blog so check it out because there is a lot of great info! ❤


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