When it comes to working from home, there are a whole lot of advantages. Blog appointment at noon on a Tuesday? I’m there. My commute consists of walking to the study, and I can work at times which suit me. But perhaps the biggest luxury of them all is the fact that I get to work how I want. I get to choose my computer, my desk, my hours etc, and the effect is that I get to be way more effective. One of these little luxury, is also getting to burn candles as I work away. More often than not, these are fresh citrus or white flower scented, but recently, I’ve fallen in love with Illume’s Boulangerie Candle Jars.
Packaged in the most gorgeous little clay pots, these candles look as wonderful as they smell. I just adore the delicate illustrations on the front – they look gorgeous on my desk – which is a good thing, because each candle burns for hours on end. Made of food-grade ingredients like coconut wax and essential oils, the candles burn completely cleanly. There is no soot or smut, instead, it just scents the whole house with the most glorious scents. Lavender Shortbread is my first, and it’s a wonderfully warm, slightly sweet scent, perfect for brightening up dull days. I’ve got my eye on the full line-up, with scents like Espresso and Sweet Vanilla Cinnamon, you can’t blame me!
Illume Boulangerie Candles are priced at £16 and are available here
When it comes to cucumber beauty products, they’re usually all about cooling, calming and soothing skin. Which Nugg’s offering does, but it has the added benefit of also deep-cleansing skin, leaving it looking bright and healthy. And after all, is that what we’re all after?
Packaged in Nugg’s signature pod packaging, this is perfect for throwing into a beauty bag when travelling, or for using when skin is feeling a little blah. The mask has been designed to deeply cleanse skin, leaving it feeling squeaky clean. This isn’t a mask you want to use the night before a big event – since it’s so effective, it can bring some imperfections to the surface. Instead, time it for about a week before, so you’ll be clear and glowing.
Nugg Deep Cleansing Mask is priced at £3.95 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
For me, the summer of 2018 mars the point of me probably wearing the least makeup ever. It’s not that I used to walk around with a face full of the stuff, but this year, formulas have become lighter, and more natural looking than ever before. Now, I can still see my freckles, even once my foundation is on.
The downside of lightening up on makeup, is perhaps, that good skin has never felt so important. I’m constantly trying products to up my hydration levels without feeling overwhelmed by rich formulas, and I want my skin to look as bright and as glowy as possible. One secret weapon I’ve found? Rodial’s Vit C Brightening range. I’ve fallen in love with it over the past few weeks, and have been using the products daily. The first of the line-up I reached for were the Vit C Brightening Cleansing Pads. Packaged in an uber-chic orange jar, the pads are a daily skincare-supplement which are not only super convenient, but take away any hassle of exfoliation.
Using the pads couldn’t be easier – in the evening, after cleansing, I take a single pad, and swipe all over my fae. The result is skin which feels soft, smooth and clear. Each pad has been soaked with your perfect daily dose of brightening fruit acids which retexturise and renew the complexion. They smell fresh and vaguely fruity, and they don’t dry or stress skin out. you might feel a slight tingle in you wipe over a congested area – but it’s just the acids getting to work! You don’t even need to rinse the formula off – I just let my face dry down, then apply my evening serums and oil as normal.
The formula, like all of Rodial’s Vit C range, contains Vitamin C to boost radiance and fade dark spots, whilst Salicylic acid tightens pores and tones skin. It’s a godsend for people like me, whose skin can sometimes find physical exfoliation a little harsh, and the daily nature of the pads, means that skin stays smooth and glowing all month long!
Rodial Vit C Brightening Cleansing Pads are priced at £45 and are available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to my morning routine – every single second feels precious. If there is a shortcut or cheat, which means I’ll get to spend a minute more in bed, you’ll bet I’ll try it. So when Sanctuary Spa sent over their brand new Wet Skin Moisture Miracle I was intrigued. A super lightweight moisturiser designed to be used on damp skin – this sounded exactly like a morning hack I could get behind!
Described by the brand as ‘the quickest, easiest and most effective way to moisturise’ it’s pretty much the dream. I’ve been keeping my tube in the bathroom, so when I’m fresh out the shower, I just apply to still-damp skin, concentrating on my arms and legs. Unlike other moisturisers of this ilk, which I’ve tried before, Sanctuary Spa’s doesn’t leave skin feeling sticky or tacky. Instead, the moisturiser has an almost milky consistency, which locks in moisture, and leaves skin feeling super soft and smooth.
The formula contains apricot and avocado oils to properly hydrate skin, and it even leaves it with a subtle glow – perfect for these last few weeks of summer! I’m obsessed with the gorgeous Green Lemon & Orange Blossom scent too! It’s fresh and clean, without feeling overpowering, so if I’m just pottering about, I don’t even need to follow up with a perfume!
The ease of use and how effective Sanctuary Spa’s Wet Skin Moisture Miracle have completely shaken up my morning routine. I don’t have to wait for my moisturisers to sink in, or deal with sticky skin post-shower. Instead, my skin feels nourished and hydrated, and it smells absolutely gorgeous!
Sanctuary Spa Wet Skin Moisture Miracle is priced at £8 and is available here
When it comes to self-tan, I’v had a tendency to be a bit of a klutz. The result is has been patches, smears or just general signs that my tan is not 100% natural. Not so with St Tropez. The brand has made sunless tanning completely idiot proof, and the result? A tan you literally applied with your eyes closed.
One of the brand’s most successful products this summer has been the Purity Bronzing Water Facial Mist. It’s been flying off the shelves, so if you can catch a bottle – grab it! A multi-use product, you can use this both on clean skin or over makeup, to give skin a natural-looking glow. Like the Purity Water Foam (reviewed here) it has a gorgeous, tropical scent (perfect for the summer hols), and it’s completely colourless, so you don’t need to worry about a guide colour – just spritz and go!
Even though you can use the mist over makeup, I prefer it on clean skin. Once or twice a week, after cleansing, I just mist a little of the tanner over my face, neck and chest. The scent is light and fruity, and the formula is completely weightless. The mist is super fine too – so it gives a perfectly even coverage. The Water also works to protect skin from blue light damage and free radicals, thanks to tropical hibiscus flower extract and blue marine bamboo extracts. The result? A tan which looks and feels absolutely effortless. It gives skin a beautiful golden glow, which I normally have to endure a long haul flight to endure!
St Tropez Purity Bronzing Water Face Mist is priced at £22 and is available here (UK) and here (US)