I’m not quite sure where I read it, but years ago, I remember seeing an article all about Jennifer Lopez’s skincare secrets. It included all the normal gems – drink water, get eight hours of sleep, but what stood out was her admission that rather than keeping pricey eye creams around her eyes, she used them as her face cream instead. Quite rightly, she pointed out that the formulas are full of more potent ingredients which benefit the whole face, so she just used it everywhere. Obviously I don’t have the bank balance of J.Lo, so I usually just look longingly at my eye cream tubs thinking back to the article, but when AHC sent over their Real Eye Cream for Face, it pretty much felt like my prayers had been answered.
I’ve not tried any of the AHC’s products before, but their Korean roots and seriously scientific formulas had me intrigued. In a stroke of good timing, I was just about at the bottom of my current day cream, so within 24 hours of it hitting the doormat, I was able to get testing. For reference, I’ve got dry skin which tends towards the sensitive side, so I need to be picky when it comes to creams, as I like to feel hydrated and dewy all day long.
AHC Essential Real Eye Cream for Face feels like it was pretty much made for me – it feels light and cooling on the skin, and the formula contains ‘ultra-fine micro emulsion technology’ which enables the effective delivery of ingredients deep into the skin, optimising their efficacy. AHC have designed the moisturiser to be as effective whether you use it as an eye cream or as a general day cream, and as you might be able to guess, I’ve fallen in love with it as an all-over hydrator.
Silky soft, and fast absorbing, AHC have designed the formula to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while supporting collagen production which naturally firms and plumps the under eyes for a youthful-looking finish. It’s the perfect base for summer makeup – and it keeps skin looking plump and dewy, and feeling fresh all day long.
AHC Essential Real Eye Cream for Face is priced at £26 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
Whenever I check into a hotel, and see their swish illuminated magnifying mirrors in the bathroom, I always vow to treat myself to something similar. Getting to finish my makeup off with the help of clear lighting and a gorgeous space to enjoy always feels like a real treat, so when Home Store and More sent over the JML Finishing Touch Flawless Folding Mirror, it was pretty much perfect timing!
As you might be able to guess from the name, the JML mirror folds flat, and, with the help of a few double a batteries, illuminates on two sides, letting me choose from regular or magnified reflections. There’s also a bit of room to store jewellery – perfect if you’re planning on enjoying a last minute vacation this summer.
Unlike a lot of portable mirrors I’ve tried, the lights on this one are bright white – perfect for makeup application (is there anything worse than realising you’re orange once you’re outside?!) and I love the fact I don’t need to deal with wires or chargers. Once I’m finished, I just turn the light off, and pop it into my dressing table drawer.
The JML Finishing Touch Flawless Folding Mirror is priced at £19.99 and is available here.
When it comes to summer skincare, I always have a bit of a dilemma – I want to keep skin soft and hydrated, but many balms and creams feel too rich or heavy to use when the temperature creeps up. When I got my paws on D’Alchemy’s Essential Body Balm, I felt like all my prayers had been answered – a delicious smelling, lightweight formula which skinks easily into skin, leaving it nourished and beautifully scented.
Packaged in the brand’s signature chic, black bottles, the Essential Body Balm is perfect to applying post-shower. It’s got a light, lotion-y formula, which sinks easily. The balm includes great for skin ingredients including verbena, witch hazel and orange blossom, it’s enriched with precious plant oils and butters, protects the skin against environmental pollution and UV radiation. Thanks to the inclusion of a mixture of essential oils which include mandarin, grapefruit and orange, as well as extracts of guarana, acerola, cranberry, salvia, pine and rosemary, the balm smells absolutely heavenly. It’s a light not-quite-fruity fragrance which feels perfect for summer, and I’m completed addicted to slathering it on morning and night, and my skin is absolutely loving it!
D’Alchemy Essential Body Balm is priced at £58.60 and is available here
Since turning 30 last year, my attention has been firmly turned towards the ‘anti-ageing’ section of the skincare aisles. If a product beats fine lines, I’m in, and as I’ve discovered, one of the most powerful ingredients in the fight against looking old! One thing to note though, retinol can be super potent, so if you’ve got sensitive skin, make sure you’re not using anything too powerful, as it can cause dryness and flaking – and no-one wants that!
Once or twice per week, after cleansing, I’ve been patting a few drops of the Pixi Overnight Retinol Oil onto dry skin, and following it with richer cream on areas which tend to dry out. It’s a lovely, lightweight oil, which sinks quickly into skin, leaving it feeling soft and nourished. Even during warmer nights, it never feels too heavy on the skin, instead it just feels like a treat. In the morning, skin looks lovely and dewy, and after using it regularly, I’ve really noticed a positive change in the texture of my skin – it’s so much smoother – perfect for easing up on the makeup for summer!
Pixi Overnight Retinol Oil is priced at £ and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to talking to Scottish ex-pats, invariably the topic of ‘the water’ comes up. I’m not quite sure I realised that so many people have so many feelings about it, but it’s one of those things which always crops up as a ‘most missed’ whenever anyone talks about the benefits of home. Obviously Eteaket feel the same, and they’ve teamed up with Scottish Water for their new limited edition tea – Keep the Heid.
If you’re not from Scotland, to ‘keep your Heid’ basically means to stay calm, and considering that the tea was created during the depths of lockdown, the name feels apt. A limited edition blend of Assam & Darjeeling teas complete with a sprinkle of heather and delicate meadowsweet, it’s become my morning tea of choice, and I absolutely love the fact that at least 50% of the meadowsweet in the blend comes from a stunning tea garden in Scotland called Windy Hollow near Auchterarder in Perthshire.
The tea itself was developed to encourage drinkers to be a catalyst for a conversation, and to re-ignite the energy of Scotland by bringing us all a little closer together. After all, everyone loves a good tea break! Eteaket are also donating £1 from every 100g tube sold to the charity ‘Health In Mind’ to help them to promote positive mental health & wellbeing – so you can drink good, as well as do good!
Like all of Eteakets offerings, the teas come packaged loose in their stunning cannisters – I love seeing all the little buds and flowers, as it makes the whole experience feel so special. To make the most of the blend, I add a teaspoon of the tea into one of Eteaket’s plastic-free tea bags, and then pop it in the teapot.
Thanks to the decently high caffeine content, Keep the Heid makes for the perfect morning brew. Eteaket recommends the tea to be enjoyed in the morning and early afternoon, and, if you’re missing your tea break buddy, why not take part in their Instagram campaign by using #cupofteawithme in your next instagram sho. When you post a picture, tag a friend you’d like to have a cup of tea with either online or in person (when possible) and add the hashtag #cuppateawithme. Re-connect with people and have a chat over ‘Keep The Heid’!
Keep The Heid is priced from £2.50 and is available here