When Japan’s number one skincare brand got in touch to see if I was keen on trying a few products, you can bet I hopped on it! It’s one of those brands which regularly sells out in the UK, and it boasts a curated skincare lineup, featuring a considered collection of products which are aimed at keeping skin hydrated and healthy.
The first of the lineup I cracked open was the Age Correcting Eye Cream – a lightweight formula, which is formulated to address the major signs of aging and fatigue. When it comes to late nights, bad diet, stress or allergies, my eyes are the first place you’ll see it. I get puffy eyes practically by looking at a carb, so I’m always hunting for creams which with de-puff and soothe. Hada Labo Tokyo’s eye cream has become my daytime formula. Light enough to sink in almost instantly, this is a perfect pre-makeup base, which leaves skin looking and feeling hydrated and soothed. The formula is gentle enough for sensitive skin, and it’s free from fragrance, parabens, dyes, and mineral oil so it won’t irritate skin.
Hada Labo Tokyo Age Correcting Eye Cream is priced at £29.99 and is available here
Is it just me, or is this time of year a bit tricky when it comes to beauty? The light, glossy textures of summer feel too insubstantial for the shorter days, yet the changeable temperatures rule out the heavier formulas of winter. I don’t feel quite ready to relinquish that summer sheen, to I’ve been loving Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter’s Golden Goddess Oil as a subtle facial highlighter, and a way to fake glowing skin before winter means I’m in knitwear until May.
Packaged in an easy-to-use pump top bottle, you only need a couple of drops to achieve a natural looking, subtle glow. On the face, I dot a little of the oil onto freshly moisturised cheekbones, and blend using my fingers or Beauty Blender. Smoothed onto arms and legs, the oil gives skin the sort of glow that normally takes a couple of weeks in the sun to achieve – glossy and glowing, and it never feels overly sparkly either. Since you only really need a few pumps of it (or a couple of drops if you’re using it on the face) it’s a bottle which is probably going to last until next summer (!) and I’m sure I’ll be using it during the festive season to give skin that much-needed glow.
Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter Golden Goddess Oil is priced at £10.99 and is available here
When it comes to this time of year, I love to mix-up my go to products. I’m looking out richer moisturisers, and I’m looking for more opaque, creamier formulas for lipsticks and foundations, and my fragrance choices are no different. My lighter, citrus perfumes have been popped back into their boxes until spring, and I’ve been after something deeper and more complex.
Clean Reserve is a brand I absolutely adore for easy to wear fragrances. Their bottles are the ones I reach for when I just want to smell good, and without fail, I’ve not tried a single one of their scents I’ve not absolutely adored. Their newest collection – Avant Garden is no different. A more luxurious take on the original Clean Reserve scents, the new collection comprises six new fragrances, all of which have been created with sustainable ingredients from France, and are formulated to be vegan, and cruelty-free too – so perfect if you’re looking for a perfume, which is both clean and green!
From the lineup, I couldn’t resist Sweetbriar & Moss. It’s part of the brand’s floral woody family, and it’s a real stand-out. At first spritz it’s super green-smelling and surprisingly strong. There’s a wonderful woodiness, which warms up the overall feeling of the scent, and it’s gloriously unisex. As you would expect, it smells super fresh and clean, but the woodiness gives the perfume a bit of complexity and depth which is completely addictive.
Whenever I wear it, I get numerous people telling me how good it smells – and I just love how easy it is to wear. Simple and elegant – it’s a perfect scent to wear all autumn long!
Clean Sweetbriar & Moss is priced at £129 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
For the past year or so, I’ve kept a dedicated makeup bag which is organised to exclusively be kept in my handbag. It’s a fabulous little iridescent pouch, which is wipe-clean and see through, so I can always find what I’m looking for; and inside I keep only mini versions of my favourite products. I’ve got teeny tubes of everything from moisturiser to mascara, and it means I’m never without go-to products.
When MAC released their limited edition line of mini Fix+ Setting Sprays in a variety of scents, I couldn’t resist picking up a handful. I like scents to be light and fresh, so the first of my choices was the stunning Peony (I also picked up Green Tea and Cucumber). Not only is the bottle absolutely beautiful (just look at those illustrations!) but it smells absolutely divine. I love keeping it on hand for long days when I’m out and about – it’s perfect for reviving hours-old makeup when you want to freshen up. The scent is delicately floral, and is wonderfully calming to use. It’s such a fun little product – I’m already plotting the purchase of a few back-ups so I don’t run out!
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Setting Spray in Peony is priced at £12.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to skincare concerns, my focus tends to focus mainly on hydration. Naturally I’ve got dry, sensitive skin, so now we’re heading squarely into the season of cold, harsh weather and central heating, I’ve got to be particularly careful.
Hyaluronic Acid is one of the very best ways to hydrate your skin – skin cells produce Hyaluronic Acid naturally in a bid to maintain moisture levels, but as we age the levels of it produce dip considerably. As the levels nosedive, skin looks more textured, uneven and fine lines become more prominent – it’s not great. Happily, it’s pretty easy to amp up your levels of Hyaluronic Acid – and I’ve been turning to Pestle & Mortar’s Pure Hyaluronic Serum for a gorgeous dose of hydration.
Each morning and night, I’ve been smoothing a couple of drops of the serum into freshly cleansed skin. If I hadn’t just had Profhilo injections (first post here) I would use the serum post dermal-dermal-rollering (but I’m being careful not to break down the collagen created) as the micro wounds created by needling are the perfect way to get the serum deep into layers of skin. As it is though, I’m loving the stuff. It’s gently hydrating, and skinks easily into skin, and is the perfect add on for my regular moisturiser. Since it’s so pure, it’s perfect for all skin types, even if you’re naturally oily or sensitive – kept in the fridge, it’s a super refreshing to apply, and makes skin look and feel absolutely incredible.
Pestle & Mortar Hyaluronic Serum is priced at £39 and is available here