When Glossier was first launched a few years back, I’m not going to lie – I thought it would be a whole load of hype – not that it stopped me from ordering a couple of products. Fast forward to today, and I’m an out and out Glossier Gal. I’m not going to lie – I love everything about the brand, from the chic aesthetic through to their skin-first philosophy, and I use at least three of their products daily. The newest addition to my collection is the new Milky Oil Cleanser which combines the properties of Micellar Water and Oil for the ultimate in cleansing perfection.
It’s a bi-phase formula which needs to be shaken before using, and I simply use a few drops of the formula on my fingertips to work into eyelashes and lips to get rid of any mascara or lipstick, then follow with my regular cleanser. It can even be used with a Q Tip as a makeup eraser, to make sure your eyeliner and lipstick application is 100%.
I love how effective yet gentle the Milky Oil is. Even when I’m wearing my most intense mascaras, which take a good few minutes of removing, just melt away when I pat some of the Milky Oil onto them. You can even apply the formula to lips and eyes direct from the bottle, thanks to the spout, which keeps the formula exactly where you want it, and I’m not left with wasted remover streaming down my face.
Once the Milky Oil has gotten to work, I simply wipe it away with a warm, damp flannel and I’m left with skin which is both soft and completely clean. Since I like a thorough cleanse, I follow it up with my usual foaming cleanser, but if you’re in a rush, it would be absolutely fine to stop with the Milky Oil. If, like me, you can look a little pink post cleanse (thanks sensitive skin) Glossier have you covered – Milky Oil has Comfrey Root Extract and Pro-Vitamin B5 condition which soothe and smooth skin, so not only is it clean, it’s calmed too!
Glossier Milky Oil Cleanser is priced at £10 and is available here.
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When it comes to skincare, I like to keep things as simple as possible. I don’t have the time or the energy each morning to faff around with multiple products. After all, the less time I need to get ready, the more time I get to spend in bed – win win. When it comes to makeup, I’ve streamlined my routine into a handful of favourites which I rotate through weekly, but when it came to body products I’ve been less curated in my approach – slapping n various creams, balms and serums and hoping for the best.
I think I may have found a go-to with the D’Alchemy Essential Body Balm. A rich and emollient cream which smoothes easily into skin, it’s an absolute showstopper of a product. Aside from the glorious texture which manages to feel nourishing without straying into the sticky or greasy territory, the scent is absolutely divine. It’s light and zesty, and it feels perfect for summer, since after using the cream in the morning, I kept smelling citrusy notes all day long. As you might expect from the brand, the balm’s ingredients are nearly entirely natural and organic, and it contains everything from Witch Hazel, Argan Oil, Lemon Verbena and Shea Butter to keep skin in top condition. Even though the brand recommends the balm for older skin types, I love it for keeping everything perfectly hydrated for summer.
D’Alchemy Essential Body Balm is priced at £58.60 and is available here.
Sometimes I’ll stumble across a beauty product, and wonder why on earth I hadn’t even thought of it, let alone tried it. It’s usually a simple product which ends up being all kinds of life changing. Case in point – Rodin’s Geranium and Orange Blossom Luxury Face Oil Stick.
Available in three different scents (Jasmine & Neroli, Geranium & Orange Blossom, and Lavender) which can take you from morning until night, Rodin’s Luxury Face Oil Stick is a dry skin must-have. Perfectly packaged to tuck into your makeup bag if you’re heading off on holiday, and sizeable enough for daily use even if you’re not, I’ve been reaching for this stick after every cleanse.
Like everything from Rodin Olio Lusso, it’s an absolute joy to use. The stick positively melts into the skin leaving it glowing, and wonderfully hydrated. Unlike when using a liquid formula, you can’t use too much, and it never gets in your eyes. Instead, you can control exactly where you want to place the oil, and it’s also easy to build it up if you want an extra hit of hydration.
As you can imagine, the Oil Stick smells absolutely divine. Honestly, Geranium is not always my favourite floral scent – I can find it a little too overwhelming, but Rodin have got it absolutely right – perfectly balanced with Orange Blossom (possibly one of my very favourite scents) to create a spa-worthy product which feels like a treat to use. In the morning, I smooth the oil stick onto my driest areas for hydration which lasts throughout the day. I also love it tapped onto the high points of the face to act as a subtle highlight. In the evening, I stripe and smooth it on pretty much everywhere and let it sink in as I sleep. It’s also perfect for treating skin post-facial. I get a Diamondtome facial pretty much monthly and it’s the perfect product to hydrate after a good exfoliation!
RODIN Olio Lusso Geranium and Orange Blossom Luxury Face Oil Stick is priced at £55 and is available here
When it comes to excuses to hold a party or a gathering, I don’t need a big one. I love prepping for friends to come round, and even though I’ve been super busy recently, M&S have made enjoying Wimbledon an absolute breeze with their summer goodies.
Obviously, when it comes to summer gatherings, especially those centred around tennis, it’s fun to keep a bit of a British theme going – so I’m loving their Victoria sponge and their Strawberry & Cornish Clotted Cream Cake.
With a rich, buttery, homemade taste, and a generous jam and buttercream filling, the Victoria sponge is perfect for summer purists. Served with a cup of tea – it’s the perfect accompaniment to an exciting match, or even as a dessert. I love is served alongside sliced berries and a dollop of Cornish Clotted cream.
The Strawberry & Cornish Clotted Cream Cake is an absolute show-stopper too! Affordable at only £3.50 for the entire thing, this cake is a glorious update on a classic. Indulgent buttercream icing is swirled with strawberry jam on top of the Victoria sponge, meaning it looks as good as it tastes, and we’ve already earmarked this one to enjoy on Friday during the men’s final.
If you’re after something a little lighter – you can’t go wrong with the iconic strawberries and cream. This year, you can pick up M&S exclusive Red Diamond™ Strawberries which are their sweetest British strawberries. They’re absolutely delicious paired with the new pink gin cream (which has a rather delightful boozy kick) or with simple pouring cream.
As if a range of seasonal treats wasn’t enough – M&S have a bar-full of tinned cocktails, which are a snip at only £2 each. From Blackberry Gin Brambles, to classic G&Ts and Pina Coladas, you can indulge in a cocktail or two straight from the fridge. I’ve been loving the Think Pink Gin and Tonic and Raspberry Mojito for a refreshing summer drink!
Thank you so much to M&S for helping me to enjoy Wimbledon!
When it comes to summer beauty, I’m not sure there is anything quite like a glowing tan coupled with a bright lip and not much else. It feels chic and effortless, and when you’re dealing with hot weather and humidity, you don’t want to be worried about your makeup smearing. Right in time for jetting off, Rodin have released the stunning Goddess Aurora Collection which positively screams summer glamour.
The lipstick is a new version of one of the brand’s classic shades – named after founder Linda Rodin’s rather fabulous poodle Winks, this isn’t a shade to wear if you want to blend in with the crowd. I love Rodin’s lipstick packaging – not only is the acetate case achingly chic, but it lets you see exactly which shade you’re reaching for.
As if the packaging wasn’t gorgeous enough, once the lid comes off, you can see how stunning this lipstick really is. Almost neon in the tube, it positively begs to be tried on. Since I’m not exactly tan at the moment (a girl can dream), I tend to pat a little of the formula on, almost like a stain. The result is a gorgeous almost water-colour effect which is easily built up.
Once I’m on holiday though – all bets are off, and I’m applying this lipstick straight from the tube for an opaque hit of true Barbie pink. Wink’s blue undertones also make it perfect for ensuring a pearly white smile. The formula is gorgeously silky with a satin finish, so it looks ultra chic on, and it lasts well into the evening too. It’s the perfect way to feel seasonal without feel like your trying too hard – and I want to wear it pretty much constantly.
Goddess Aurora Luxury Lipstick in Winks is priced at £28 and is available from Liberty Beauty here