As someone with dry, sensitised skin, the current cold snap we’re experiencing is pretty much a nightmare. Too much time spent outdoors in chilly temperatures leaves skin red and sore, whilst huddling inside with the heating up at full blast can leave my skin feeling parched. So, I’m always on the look out for ways to calm and hydrate my skin, without leaving it feeling overwhelmed.
Katherine Daniels has come to my absolute rescue recently with her gorgeous Rehydrating Concentrate. Designed to rehydrate skin in both the short and long-term, the concentrate even works as a pollution shield, so if you’re out and about in a city, it’s a godsend. I’ve been using it for a little bit now, and have been absolutely loving the results. After cleansing in the shower, I pat my skin dry and use about half a pipette’s worth, smoothing it all over my face and neck. I then lock in the goodness with a rich moisturiser, and carry on with my routine as normal. It leaves skin super soft and nourished, and it stops the 3pm parched feeling I sometimes get at this time of year. The formula is filled with great for skin ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Seaweed Extract and Mushroom Extract which firm and moisturise, whilst Chamomile and a Moisturising Complex of Glycerine, Serine, and Trehalose calms the skin.
Katherine Daniels Rehydrating Serum is priced at £45 and is available here.
I’m not sure how I’ve managed it, but this is not the second lockdown which started about three days before my hair appointment. I’ve not had my hair cut or coloured since August, and it is in desperate need of a tidy up. On days when I have to hop on Zoom meetings, I try to tuck my ends into a scarf so they don’t look too ratty, but L’Oreal have answered my prayers with the release of their new Dream Lengths 8 Second Wonder Water.
Designed to transform hair in only eight seconds, the treatment uses amino acids and moisturising agents to lock hydration into hair, to leave hair as shiny and as healthy as possible. Rather magically, it only delivers to areas that are damaged, so hair is never overwhelmed with product, and it’s dafe to use on all hair types including colour-treated strands. I love it for combatting frizz, and it’s silicon-free as an added bonus too. I love the light, fruity scent, and it’s hydrating enough that I don’t even need to reach for the conditioner on days when I use it!
L’Oreal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths 8 Second Wonder Water is priced at £9.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
If you’re in the mood to make a little magic this Valentine’s Day, Edinburgh’s favourite tea shop Eteaket has just the thing in the form of their new Love Potion Box. Filled with 7 bags of their delicious teas, as well as some love potion recipes, it’s such a fun way to enjoy yourself this Valentine’s weekend!
With everything from Rose Flower Blossoms to a rather indulgent Chocolate Abyss, there really is a tea for everyone, and I love the fact that the box comes complete with recipes for drinks both alcoholic and virgin.
The box is also the perfect way to try some of the brand’s most-loved teas out – and it’s such a lovely ritual to take some time in the morning to brew a real pot of tea and savour a few minutes before the day really gets going.
Eteaket Edinburgh’s Love Potion Box is priced at £17.95 and is available here
Now that we’re in some sort of ‘new normal’ the press events I used to look forward to have been replaced with their Zoom equivalents. Yesterday, I unwrapped the most beautiful parcel from Pixi Beauty, and caught up with their newest releases. From masks to lip balms (you’re going to love them), everything has been enhanced with a touch of rose, and one of the standout products has to be the +Rose Essence Oil.
A tri-phase formula which needs to be shaken before use, this is one of those rare products which are as pretty as they are effective. As someone who loves makeup with a dewy glow, an Essence Oil like this one pretty much guarantees that dry skin days are a thing of the past. After moisturising, a few drops can be patted into skin pre-foundation to keep hydration levels up (crucial in cold weather like what we’ve currently got), and if you’re keen to sheer-out a formula, a drop of the Essence Oil is the perfect choice.
I love multi-use products like this one, and the fact that it’s filled with great for skin ingredients like Rose Flower Oil, Rosewater and Ceramide makes it even better! It’s also an absolute godsend for dry-skinned people like me, as it really ups hydration levels without leaving skin feeling greasy or overwhelmed.
+Rose Essence Oil is priced at £24 and is available here (UK)
I know that Valentine’s is a bit of a controversial holiday – you either love it or you hate it, but, considering we’re in the middle of a seemingly endless lockdown, I’ll take as much heart-themed fun that’s going. One of my absolute favourite brands for celebrating holidays is Lush. Their products always make me feel brand new, and they’re so cute and fun – they make the bathroom feel like a real escape – and there’s nothing better than turning off my phone, grabbing a book and enjoying a bath bomb. Their Heart Beat Bath Bomb (£5.95) is a bright pink blast, which perfumes with water with Lush’s beloved Rose Jam fragrance. I love the look of the golden hearts, and prior to using it, the bath bomb made the bathroom smell absolutely unreal!
The Love Me Do (£6.95) bath bomb is another rose scented gem, which feels like such a treat to enjoy. It turns the water BRIGHT red, and the muslin it comes wrapped in keeps all the bits of rose together, so you won’t be fishing it all out the plughole afterwards. Absolutely gloriously perfumed, I wallowed in it for a good hour to really enjoy the whole experience. If you’re missing your visits to your local Lush Spa, whack this in the bath, play one of the brand’s playlists and enjoy a little me time – you deserve it.
Probably the most eye-catching product in the whole Valentine’s line-up is the Blow Me a Kiss (£5.95) Bubble Blower. A vegan bubble bar, which you can easily use over the course of a couple of baths, it’s a sweet and fruity scent which I’m a bit obsessed with. If you’re a Snow Fairy fan, you’re going to love this. I love the fact you can use the bar over multiple baths, and it makes the whole house smell absolutely incredible!
For post-bath hydration, I’ve fallen absolutely in love with their Rose Argan Massage bar. Not only is it absolutely beautiful, but the bar itself smells completely dreamy. A mix of ruby cocoa liquor, argan oil and rosewater it’s a formula which deeply penetrates skin, and whether you’re using it for a massage or for a little extra TLC, it’s such a treat to enjoy. I’ve been using it in the evenings post-bath and I wake up still smelling of it.
Last up in the lineup is Lush’s new Lush Lashes (£15.50) mascara. Who knew Such made makeup?! Apparently I’m very behind, as I thought the closest they got to it was lip balms, but I’ve been seriously impressed with this new mascara. Over the past few years, I’ve moved away from the pumped-up formulas I used to love in favour for more natural-looking, lengthening formulas, which is exactly what this new option is. The formula is filled with lash conditioning ingredients including coconut oil and Gum Acacia which nourish, whilst a Wheatgrass infusion contains a whole host of vitamins, minerals and proteins, which encourages lash growth throughout wear. I’ve been surprised by how much I like this mascara – it really adds a lot of natural-looking length to them, and no matter what I’ve been getting up to, I haven’t had to deal with smudging or flaking.