To me there’s nothing worse than shimmery makeup in the winter but come summer when I’ve got a few freckles, a bit of glowy makeup can go a long way, And there’s nothing nicer than a sheeny cheekbone over sundowners somewhere sunny with a glass of icy pink wine in hand. Subtlety is key for me with this and I love Glossier’s products for achieving an extra bit of glow without being overly glittering. I just bought their bronze Haloscope (can’t remember exact name) and love it on cheekbones, just under my brows and even on collarbones on shoulders. Combine this with their Cloud Paint in Beam (applied with a brush rather than your finger for a really soft, natural finish) and well, that’s like summer in a bowl. I recently did a collaboration with Estee Lauder where I did a makeup tutorial with their global ambassador and all-round French dream girl Violette (watch it here) and she did a soft, brown smoky eye on me. I haven’t done a smoky eye since it was my Saturday night ritual aged 18 and essentially involved too much kohl and smudging it a bit. But this was totally different and I’ve really taken some of the tips on board. This liquid-to-powder shadow is the perfect kind of light-reflecting taupe that sits super softly all over your lid. I’ve been dotting it a tiny bit on the inside of my eye and combining with the Estee Lauder double wear coppery pencil also featured in the video and working this between my lashes to make them appear thicker and add an extra tiny bit of glint around my eyes.
I’m a huge fan of Davines shampoos (NouNou for life) and just tried this Melu version as a change from my usual. I love this as it feels really light but also really nourishing. It’s easy to work in and definitely helps my fragile, flyaway hair calm down a bit. I’ve also been loving this Ilixir Vitamin C skin paste in the shower. I saw an article recently claiming this smelt good enough to eat with totally baffles me because the only downside of this great product to me is the fact it smells totally and completely like vomit. Yum. So yeah that’s not great but it’s a great Vitamin C product and if you didn’t know already, getting Vitamin C into your routine is the first step you should be taking on an anti-ageing routine. Plus the packaging won’t cramp your shower’s stye either. Not that I’m superficial or anything…
Any of you who have followed my beauty faves closely will know I’m a huge Avene fan. It really works to balance my skin and is the brand I will always go back to amidst trying other, new products. If I ever have a bad beak out, I go back to the simplest routine by Avene (or Liz Earle) and I’m back to normal in no time. This Soothing Moisture Mask is pretty new to me and after having some pretty savage dry skin spot break outs lately from flying, I wanted to find a really great moisturising mask I could whack on post-flight or whenever I get a white head attack (lovely I know). This is great – it’s really subtle so not going to scare fellow passengers on a flight and because I know and trust the brand so much, it was a really easy choice for me. Most of my masks are clay-based or about brightening/exfoliating/detoxing and I didn’t have anything to help with very dehydrated skin. This will be coming with my everywhere now.
My friend and super-talented chef Nina Parker introduced me to this recently and I was instantly sold. It says ‘serum’ on the bottle but to me, it’s 100% more of an oil so that’s how I’ve been using it and it’s quickly become my go-to final step in my nightly skincare. Really rich and botanical, you can immediately tell this is doing your skin a world of good. It’s natural, organic and free from any nasties and it even gives back (10% of all sales go to a Marine Biology fund and contributes to a carbon offset scheme). The founder of Vanderohe developed it while pregnant after her doctor told her to be way of what she was using on her skin and she developed a potent sense of smell. Needless to say the result is pretty amazing and having tried a lot of facial oils in my time, I can honestly say this is one of the nicest I’ve tried.
I got sent a couple of items from new brand Gallinee recently and really love this range specifically designed for sensitive skin. Each product includes both prebiotics and probiotics as the brand’s mantra is ‘Happy skin deserves happy bacteria’ and it certainly seems to be true. I’ve been trialling the mask/scrub and this milky body moisturiser which for once, actually had me moisturising. I’m so lazy with moisturising my body and tend to go with oils normally as they glide on much quicker but this melts in so quickly and ticks all the boxes in terms of keeping my skin scale-free. The theory behind the brand really makes sense so have a read if you’re interested – I’m not going to attempt to sum up the science! Def one worth looking into if you have sensitive skin and having quite found your hero products just yet.
I’ve long been a fan of Eyeko’s non-crumbling mascaras and easy-peasy liners and brow gels, but this is the first skincare product of theirs I’ve tried. At first, this seemed king of gimmicky; a vibrating eye gel applicator – sure. But sometimes gimmicky-seeiming things actually work. Think about it. You have the cold metal applicator which helps with deflating puffy, tired eyes and the vibrator wand really does help perk up dark circles and activate the product. When I had a peel recently, they used vibrators pads on my face so it must be a fairly similar theory. I love travelling with this now and using on a really tired, sleep-deprived face – even better if you can pop in the mini bag fridge for an hour before you use it.
I’be long been a fan of Liz Earle skincare. Even now it’s been bought by the Boots group, it still retains it’s roots in natural ingredients and having visited it’s home in the Isle of Wight, I now know first hand what a homey, hands on kind of company it is which only made me love it more. I’ve long loved its superskin range; it feels a little more elevated than it’s base range and I much prefer the silver and clear packaging to the pale green plastic of their other products (sorry, I know that makes me seem like a pretentious loser). Ultimately the Superskin products just feel a bit punchier in terms of ingredients and results and I love the formulations of the oils both for my face and body a lot. I rediscovered this great serum recently in my bathroom and have been really loving it at night. I tend to alternate between this, the Kypris moon catalyst and a retinol-based product (currently Zelens) and aside from a couple of one-off pimples, my skin is feeling really good right now.