Obviously the last few months have been hard on hands. From increased hand washing, to the use of harsh hand sanitisers and nail salons being closed, it’s not been the easiest period for keeping hands tidy. Since I’m a bit of a clean freak, I’m forever washing and sanitising, so I’ve been on the hunt for something hydrating, which I can slip into my handbag, and Neom’s Uplifting Hand Balm fits the bill.
Small enough to fit into a pouch, the balm is a super nourishing formula which sinks into skin, leaving skin feeling perfectly soft, without being greasy – so you don’t have slippery hands whilst you’re out and about. Even more than how it feels – I am absolutely obsessed with the scent – wild mint & mandarin plus 6 other essential oils create a light, fresh fragrance.
Neom Uplifting Hand Balm is priced at £9 and is available here
When it comes to weather, this summer feels like it’s been a bit of a washout. From grey days through to last week’s insane storms (we had 12 hours straight of thunder and lightening) it feels like we’ve bunny-hopped over summer straight into the heart of autumn/winter. So, even though I’m mourning last sunshine days spent reading or pottering about, I have been forced inside where I’m most productive, and in an effort to make the house as cosy as possible, I’ve been ransacking my candle cupboard, and I’ve unearthed a real gem with Holistic London’s Bergamot & Wild Flowers scented soy candle.
Packaged in a seriously chic black jar, complete with screw-on lid, the Holistic London candle looks as good as it smells. The Bergamot & Wild Flowers fragrance is absolutely perfect for burning on chilled-out evenings. Not overly floral, it’s quite a spa-like scent, which has a really premium feel to it. Since the gyms are (still) closed here, I’ve been doing a few Pilates classes at home, so on the evenings when I’ve got a glass, I’ve been lighting the candle up a few minutes before I’m due to start, so that my whole room feels like I’m in a high-end studio.
Holistic London’s candles are all handmade and poured from renewable, eco-friendly soy wax, and there is no plastic packaging either. Rather wonderfully, the candles are all sustainable, and they’re vegan too – so if you’re looking for an ethical treat which doesn’t break the bank, I’d seriously recommend taking a look. Thanks to the soy wax, the candle isn’t at all sooty, and it has burnt slowly and evenly – leaving the whole upstairs smelling incredible every time I light it. The scent selection ranges from zesty to woody, so as the nights draw in, I’m going to invest in a few more to enjoy during autumn and winter.
Holistic London Bergamot & Wild Flowers candle is priced at £20 and is available here
When it comes to lockdown beauty, there has been a single hairstyle which has brought me through to the other end – the pony tail. Since I normal wash and straighten my hair daily, I’ve taken the opportunity to give my ends a bit of a rest, and the straighteners have only been brought out once since the end of March. The result it hair which feels much thicker and healthier than before, and although I could spend days listing the benefits of my low-impact approach to styling, the one thing that has been killing me is my halo of fluff which appears around my hairline approximately a minute after blowdrying my hair.
At first I thought it was broken hair which had been heat damaged, but going through old photos (another lockdown task successfully completed) I realised that I’ve had a bit of fluff around the crown since forever. It’s not the best look, so when Schwarzkopf sent over their Got2B Bye Bye Baby Hair touchup wand, it felt like fate. Super affordable, and seriously easy to use, it’s a jumbo-sized mascara wand, which brushes a serum through unruly flyaways, leaving your hair looking sleek and polished.
Packaged in a cute pink tube, it’s small enough to stash in your handbag for on-the-go touch-ups, and it couldn’t be easier to use. Once my hair is up in a pony (I’ve also gone back to only using scrunchies, and have invested in a few silk ones for maximum hair health) I wait a few minutes for my baby hairs to puff out, then, using the wand, simply brush them back into place. The effect is tidy rather than severe, and the serum leaves ends looking healthy rather than greasy or oily. It also smells incredible too!
Schwarzkopf Got2b Bye Bye Baby Hair is priced at £4.49 and is available here.
When it comes to summer skincare staples, you can’t get much more important than a good body scrub – after all, if you’re wearing all your new summer clothing, you want your skin to look and feel as healthy as possible. As part of their summer Verveine range, L’Occitane have released their Deliciously Fresh Scrub – a golden tub of citrusy goodness which really feels like summer in a shower!
I always feel like L’Occitane are the perfect brand for summer skincare – their south of France background means that the fragrances are light and fresh, and it’s like they were made for balmy days. Over the past few days, the temperature skyrocketed here in Scotland, and honestly, this scrub became a bit of a lifesaver. Rather cleverly, when you use the scrub, once it washes off, it leaves a cooling sensation behind, so even when the temperatures climb, you’re left feeling all cool and calm. It’s such a genius idea, and it makes such a difference on hotter mornings.
Not only does the scrub leave skin feeling super cool, but seriously soft too. L’Occitane describe the consistency of the scrub as ‘jam-like’ and it’s a fun, almost jelly-like goo filled with good-for-skin sugary particles which delicately buff, without feeling too harsh.
I’m also absolutely obsessed with the fragrance – it’s part of the brand’s Verveine line up, so Verbena is one of the main notes. Beautifully fresh and green, it feels like sunshine in a pot, and it’s such a luxurious way to start each morning. Luckily, the brand have brought out a matching scent, which I think I’m going to have to invest in, because I have fallen absolutely in love with fragrance. If you’re looking for the loveliest way to keep skin healthy this summer, don’t miss out on L’Occitane’s limited edition scrub!
L’Occitane Citrus Verbena Limited Edition Deliciously Fresh Body Scrub is priced at £22 and is available here (UK)
Drunk Elephant is one of those brands which makes my happy just to look at – I’m obsessed with their neon-tipped packaging, and their ingredients are always something a little different to the crowd, so I always feel like I’m getting to try something really new when I’m using their gorgeous products. The newest addition to their lineup is the E-Rase Milki Micellar Water, a gentle on skin cleanser which is the perfect finishing touch to my cleansing line-up.
Even though I’ve got quite sensitive skin, it always looks its best when I have an effective cleansing routine – I use a dedicated eye makeup remover to get rid of mascara, follow it up with a foaming cleanser, and then finish everything off with a micellar water – which is where Drunk Elephant’s E-Rase comes in. Rather than the clear formulas I normally use, this one is ceramide rich (hence the ‘milki’ and as a result it’s a whole lot more soothing to skin. A few swipes of the stuff erases all leftover traces of makeup, pollution, dirt and bacteria which might be left on the skin.
It’s unscented, so perfect for sensitive skin types like me, and the formula even contains unscented great for skin plant oils and extracts from baobab, mongogo, wild melon seed, ximenia seed, passion fruit and sweet almond to soothe and nourish. Considering micellar waters can sometimes feel like a bit of an afterthought, Drunk Elephant’s E-Rase Milki Micellar Water is an absolute game changer. It’s also worked it’s way into my morning routine as a quick pre-shower cleanse. Since the formula is so nourishing, skin just feels fresh and clean, rather than stripped – perfect for preparing for the day ahead!
Drunk Elephant E-Rase Milki Micellar Water is priced at £24 and is available here (UK) and here (US).