It feels like the sun has been shining for weeks, and I have to say, I’m absolutely loving it. Evenings have been spent outside, soaking up the warmth with friends, planning our summer adventures. What I’ve also been doing, is upping my skincare routine. I’m a big fan of exfoliating at the best of times, but the sunshine coupled with finally getting to wear summer clothes (as well as a little faux tan) means that I’ve rather upped my game!
So, when Aromatherapy Associates sent over their Natural Exfoliating Grains, I couldn’t have been happier! Talk about perfect timing! I’ve become more than a little obsessed with the tube, as it’s like no other scrub I have in my arsenal, because it’s completely customisable.
Unlike every other scrub in my collection, Aromatherapy Associates’ Natural Exfoliating Grains consists entirely of olive pit granules. It’s completely natural, and so great for your skin (and the environment). Rather than the plastic balls some scrubs use, these won’t build up in drains and cause distress to marine life, and unlike sugar which can sometimes be a little harsh on skin, these feel gentler as they’re so finely ground.
It couldn’t be simpler to use the Exfoliating Grains, just pick your body wash of choice, squirt a little into your hand, then pour some of the grains, mix then you’re good to go. If your skin is feeling particularly sensitised, or if you use the grains daily, you only need a little, or, you can increase the amount if you’re in need of a bit of a scrub down. I just love how easy they are to use, and the fact that they turn my favourite shower gel into a scrub too! I’ve been using mine with an Aromatherapy Associates one (see here) and it’s such a great way to end the day!
Aromatherapy Associates Natural Exfoliating Grains are priced at £20 and are available here (UK) and here (US)
On a day-to-day basis, I don’t really wear blush. I have pink-toned skin, so adding extra on can sometimes be a little too much for day. Happily though, I’ve been adding a little self tanner into my skincare routine (let me know whether you would like to see it!) so an added pop of colour feels necessary.
On days where I’m feeling especially bronze, I’ve been reaching for Maybelline’s Dare to Pink blush, which is part of their Studio Range. It’s a stunning coral pink which is packaged in a rather slick slide top compact. It’s an almost-dupe for Nars’ rather iconic Orgasm, just without the pesky golden glitter.
Applied with a fluffily blush brush, Dare to Pink really wakes up the skin without feeling too loud or too bright. I just love the soft, almost satiny texture which leaves skin with a soft flush and subtle sheen. The colour payoff is wonderful, and is comparable to my higher-end blushes. The wear-time too is impressive. I get through a whole day without the colour fading away, and I love the healthy glow it leaves!
Maybelline Studio Master Blush is priced at £4.49 and is available here
Happy Tuesday, I hope you’ve been enjoying a gorgeous Bank Holiday weekend, so, in something of a celebration, I thought I would share a rather lovely perfume which I’ve been saving for rather special evenings – YSL’s Opium Nuit Blanch Eau de Parfum.
I’d never tried a fragrance from the brand before, so when the glittering bottle arrived, you can imagine how excited I was! A ‘rock’n’roll’ take on the original Opium fragrance (I think we all remember those Sophie Dahl adverts!), Nuit Blanche mixes notes like Bourbon, Vanilla and Orange Blossom to create a perfume which feels darkly sophisticated.
I’ve been saving the perfume for evenings out, and I can’t tell you how many people have commented on how the love the fragrance! At first, the top notes of vanilla and coffee bean give the perfume an almost gourmand tone. Then, as the perfume heats up, the heart notes of white musk and orange blossom give the parfum super sexy feel. It’s definitely not a scent for the faint hearted, so I love keeping it for special evenings out – it just feels right to wear it after dark!
YSL Black Opium is priced at £64.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
A few weeks back, Harvey Nichols kindly invited me to meet with Dr. Darren Mckeown, one of the country’s leading facial aestheticians. Tucked up in the personal shopping suite, I learned all about Dr. Mckeown’s new skincare line which is being sold exclusively at Harvey Nichols, and I have fallen absolutely in love with it!
What’s so special about the Stop Skincare range, is that it’s designed to prevent ageing, rather than fix what’s already been done. He’s designed the range for skin that’s not quite ready for the big-time anti-ageing which most products provide, but Stop still treats and nourishes skin.
Getting to sit and chat with Dr. Mckeown was such a treat. He couldn’t have been nicer or more knowledgeable about the entire skincare line, and I even chatted about what kind of procedures I’d been thinking about. After learning that preventative Botox might do more harm than good, I trotted home, armed with Stop Skincare and a resolve to really baby my skin. The Night Cream was the first of the products I tried, and I have to say, it’s quickly become a real favourite. The consistency of the cream feels so rich and nourishing, but it doesn’t overwhelm skin. Instead, it just leaves my face feeling soft and nourished.
I’ve been trying out a whole range of products, so stay tuned for more from Stop Skincare – spoiler alert, it’s awesome!
Stop Skincare Night Cream is priced at £40.00 and is available here.
I’ve admitted before to being super harsh on my hair. I bleach it, then blow dry and heat style it pretty much every day, so I’m always on the lookout for products which promise to undo some of that damage. I got super excited when Nioxin’s new Night Density Rescue came through the door. Promising to promote hair density in three months, I’ve been using the formula nightly, and happily, it couldn’t be simpler to apply. Using the pipette, I apply drops evenly throughout sectioned off hair, massaging it into my scalp. Then I simply brush through and whack my hair into a loose topknot. I’ve not been using the product for the full three months yet, but I’m already seeing a difference. My baby hairs are getting longer and stronger, and my hair feels far more healthy in general. I can’t wait to see the results in a month or so!
Nioxin Night Density Rescue is priced at £31.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)