When it comes to beauty offerings, a subtle lip balm might not be what springs to mind when you talk about Fenty Beauty. 40 foundation shades, killer highlighter and pops of colour perhaps, but a silky balm feels quite different for a brand that’s all about the glam. Released alongside the Pro Kiss’r Lip Scrub, the products are all about the prep – after all, you can’t rock a bold colour if your lips are anything other than well-prepped.
Packaged in a chic beige tube, complete with doe foot applicator, the Pro Kiss’r Lip Balm feels more like a hybrid between a gloss and a balm than regular formulas. Ingredients include mango and shea butters for maximum hydration, and I’m just obsessed with the balm’s silky smooth feel. I’ve been wearing it pretty much daily since I picked it up at the Boots’ Fenty launch, and it’s perfect for days when you just want to look and feel a little put together. With a subtle peachy-vanilla scent, it’s not too much, even on days when I’m just working from home or heading to the gym.
Fenty Beauty Pro Kiss’r Luscious Lip Balm is priced at £15 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
Summer might just be the harshest season for hair. From salt water, sun-damage and chlorine, to regular heat styling, it’s hardly July before I start feeling the effects. So, in the effort to offset some of my inevitable damage, I’ve been applying a few drops of The Ordinary’s Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density each night, concentrating on my part and hairline, which usually has the finest hair and suffers the greatest from damage.
Honestly, I had no idea that The Ordinary did hair products – but a well timed post from @poofie.peej had me jumping on Cult Beauty in record time. Promising to penetrate the scalp to encourage circulation and promote healthy hair follicles, it’s a simple product which promises big results. Each night, before heading to bed, I brush out my hair and apply a few droppers of formula, rubbing in and then throw everything up in a silk scrunchie. It’s certainly not my most glamorous look, but over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed that my hair is growing faster than normal, with the ends feeling stronger and silkier than before. The serum is completely vegan and nut-free, so it’s perfect for most people’s evening routine.
The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum is priced at £15.75 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
If there’s something I really don’t need, it’s another lipgloss. Last month I actually went through my stash, plucking out the tubes which had gone off, were not quite-right colour-wise, or were looking a bit shabby and I filled up a carrier bag in record time. It was equal parts calming and horrifying, and I pledged that I would not buy another gloss unless it was completely perfect.
And that’s where Pat McGrath Labs’ Lust Gloss in Love Potion comes in.
It’s genuinely one of the most glorious lip glosses I think I’ve ever seen. A cool toned pinky nude shot through with a subtle gold glitter, this is one of those products I want to go out and buy 10 of, just so I’m sure I’ll never be without it.
Each tube of gloss is a generous size, and it feels wonderfully luxe to use. The formula itself is rich, and almost gel-like, and not too sticky like other glosses. It’s got a subtle sweet vanilla scent, and it wears well on the lips. I easily got about two hours before reapplying, and it feels rich and nourishing to wear. Unlike other nude glosses, Pat McGrath Labs’ doesn’t leave you with corpse lips – there’s enough pink in there to keep it flattering, and I’ve been piling it on everywhere from the gym to nights out!
Pat McGrath Labs Lust Gloss in Love Potion is priced at £25 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to day-to-day living, for the past year or so, I’ve been pretty non-stop. From work, blogging and regular admin, it can feel like I don’t really have any time to switch off. Over the past few weeks I’ve really been trying to incorporate a little more self-care into my schedule.
One of the easiest (and certainly most delicious) changes to my regime has been enjoying a cup of Eteaket’s new Limited Edition Nettle & Petal Loose Leaf Tea. If you’re from Edinburgh, you’ll know that Eteaket is one of the city’s icons – producing high quality teas which range from Matchas to your regular morning brew. They also work on customer feedback, producing limited editions, which is exactly where Nettle & Petal comes in.
A mix of the brand’s much loved Chillaxin’ Chamomile with Nettle – this loose leaf tea is a perfect choice for evening sipping – and I’ve been enjoying a cup before bed most nights. Packaged in a gorgeous and sturdy cardboard tube, this would make a gorgeous addition to any gift hampers you might be planning, and it looks stunning in the kitchen cabinet too!
As you can see – the tea couldn’t be purer. Unlike some supermarket brands, Eteaket’s offerings don’t bother with dusty fillers – instead this one if full of vibrant chamomile flowers and leafy nettles. From the moment you unwrap the leaves, you can smell the sweet, almost musky scent, and you only need a generous heaped teaspoon per cup.
Eteaket very kindly popped a packet of their plastic-free, unbleached tea bags which you can fill yourself, and I’m kind of obsessed. Each night, I pop a teaspoon of the leaves in one of the bags, knot them, and then fill up with just-boiled water, and leave to steep for around five minutes. The resulting cup is wonderfully comforting – it’s a gentle flavour which doesn’t lean too floral or green. I love how it relaxing it feels to enjoy before heading to bed – chamomile promotes a better night’s sleep, whilst nettle has anti-inflammatory properties, so it leaves you feeling as good as it tastes!
Eteaket Nettle and Petal Tea is priced at £7.95 and is available here.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve developed something of a spinning habit. It’s not something I’ve done too much of before, but getting to peddle away in a dark room, whilst music blasts feels a little like meditation – and despite being thoroughly convinced I’m going to topple off my bike each class, it never happens, and by the end of the class I feel pretty much invincible. The classes also leave me looking like I’ve jumped into a pool fully clothed, so I’ve been looking for ways to keep my skin clear, and Alteya Organics Rose Water is a must-have member of my post-class kit.
Perfect for soothing and cooling – once I’m out of the class, I use a foaming cleanser to clear any dirt and sweat, then douse my skin with a few spritzes of the Rose Spray. It smells glorious, and thanks to its antioxidant properties, it works wonders to cut redness and soothe skin. It also balances the skin’s pH levels, and you can use even use it as a toner if you’re after a gentler option. Alteya’s Organic Bulgarian Rosewater is 100% pure and natural, which means it doesn’t irritate the skin, and it’s also a gorgeous setting spray, which leaves makeup looking naturally dewy, and keeps it in place for hours.
Alteya’s Organic Bulgarian Rosewater is also super affordable – it’s only £7.20 and is available here.