Though every trip to Italy I’ve ever taken was a favorite in some way, my last one to Florence will always be one of the most special ones. Aside from the fact that this time around we’ve actually had a chance to explore a bit more of Florence and the beautiful Tuscan countryside, somewhere between getting a private cooking lesson at the gorgeous Relais Villa Olmo food & wine resort, brunching at J.K. Place (the uber chic boutique hotel and definitely the place to stay if you’re ever in Florence), and shopping till I drop at The Mall Luxury Outlets (best selection of Balenciaga & Gucci goodies at 50% off I’ve ever seen) I’ve discovered a few Italian skincare & body care lines I simply cannot get enough of!
Santa Maria Novella Enzymatic Exfoliating Mask – exfoliating is a huge part of my skincare routine so I am always on the lookout for masks and products that would do that for me. Definitely one of the best exfoliating masks I’ve ever tried, my skin feels baby soft after, yet it doesn’t irritate my skin or make it dry. I’ve been using it twice a week and so far loving the results I’m seeing!
Santa Maria Novella Bubble Bath – you guys know how much I love the rose scent, I literally will get my hands on anything rose, so naturally I had to get this bubble bath. What I love about it is that it’s not just bubble bath but also a shower gel. Such a relaxing and soothing experience to sit in a bubble bath with this amazing rose scent filling the room.
Santa Maria Novella Black Rose Tea – as much as I love coffee, every once in a while I try to reach for tea instead to boost my hydration. Somehow, when your tea is rose flavored and comes in such a cute jar, I tend to reach for it more frequently! This tea has been my coffee replacement in the afternoons – love taking a little break and brewing a cup.
Perlier Imperial Honey Imperial Drops Body Cream – huge fan of creams, lotions, and anything that’s going to moisturize my skin, this cream has been such a good find for me. Even though I live in Los Angeles and the climate here is very mild, I still notice that my skin tends to get drier during the fall/winter months. I’ve been using this cream for the last couple of weeks and haven’t noticed a single dry patch.
Skin & Co Eye Concentrate – our eye area is so sensitive and delicate, I am always super careful about what products I use around my eyes. I’ve been loving this concentrate because it does not irritate my eyes, is not too heavy, and I’ve noticed a difference since I started using it – my fine lines are smoother and under eye area is tighter.
Skin & Co Face Toner – face toner is an essential step in my skincare routine. I feel like my face is not 100% clean until I go over it with a toner. Love this toner because it removes the impurities left behind (which includes impurities in the water we use to wash our faces) and leaves my face squeaky clean. It’s also packed with anti-oxidants for a little extra boost of vitamins my skin needs.
Santa Maria Novella Body Milk – another great body moisturizer. Does the job really well, absorbs super fast, and does not feel heavy or greasy. Love using this one especially after I exfoliate, it replenishes the moisturize and my skin is silky smooth after.
Santa Maria Novella Rose Water – another one of my favorite toners to use. Love this one for when my skin is irritated because it’s very calming and refreshing. And obviously I love the scent of this product. I just put a little on a cotton ball and dab on my face (as opposed to swipe). Love using it throughout the day for a little refresh.
Santa Maria Novella Scented Candle – I love a good scent around the house and Santa Maria Novella has an amazing collection of candles. I have tried quite a few and love them all! The scent is very long lasting and lingers around long after you put out the candle.
Etro Udaipur Eau de Parfum – love this fresh and vibrant scent from Etro. Have been getting a ton of compliments when I wear this perfume because of how unique the scent it! Another reason I’m obsessed is because it transforms throughout the day. It starts very fresh and floral but as the scent warms up, it definitely becomes much richer, spicier and playful. Love that!