When it comes to living under lock down, I’m trying to set as many goals as possible, so, when life goes back to normal, it won’t feel like I’ve wasted the weeks in between. When the team at Glo32 got in touch, I absolutely jumped at the chance to try their Teeth Whitening System – after all, now is the perfect time to commit to a routine which lasts a few weeks.
The system is super easy to use, and consists of Whitening Strips and Whitening Stylo. Available exclusively in Boots, Glo32 uses Coconut Oil for a healthier way to whiten your teeth. Each morning, after brushing, I apply the whitening strips to my top and bottom teeth, and let it get to work for about half an hour.
Then, in the afternoon, I follow up by painting on a little of the Stylus’ formula on my teach, and leave it to get to work for another 20 minutes. You can use the Stylus unto three times per day, and almost immediately after using it, I can see a difference in the whiteness in my teeth.
I’ve been using the set for a week now, and I can already see a marked improvement in my teeth whiteness. Unlike other systems I’ve tried, Glo32’s strips and Stylo don’t leave teeth sensitised. Even drinking something that’s hot or cold doesn’t have an effect! It’s a really easy addition to my daily routine, and I’m looking forward to seeing the results after the full fortnight!
Glo32 Teeth Whitening System is priced at £30, and is available here.
When it comes to skincare habits, the one I’m proudest of is my obsession with cleansing. Hand on heart, I can’t remember the last time I went to bed with a scrap of makeup on, no matter how tired or lazy I’m feeling, my makeup is coming off!
For the past few years now, a Micellar Water has filled the position of last step in my cleansing routine. If I’m wearing a lot of makeup (rare), I start things off with a nourishing balm cleanser, then I head for a gentle foaming option, then, to make sure every last scrap of makeup is gone, I finish up with a few swipes of micellar water. Up until now, I’ve dripped a little formula on a cotton round and swiped, but Emulsion is changing things up with their spray bottle of Micellar Water Base. Rather ingeniously designed, I’ve been using a single spritz, then wiping, for gently cleansed skin.
Perfectly designed for sensitive skin like mine, the formula is unfragranced, and designed to be soothing, with aloe vera leaf juice included in the formula. The joy of the Emulsion brand is how easy the products are to customise – whether you want to add a little scent, or extra add-on you can choose what’s best for your skin.
Emulsion Micellar Water Base is priced at £12 and is available here.
Like most people, I’ve found the past few weeks to be the definition of stressful. Whilst I’ve found it’s best to stay busy during the day (hello work, sorting every wardrobe in my house and ransacking the kitchen), I like to relax a bit in the evenings. I’ve been making myself take at least half an hour each night to read a book (something I don’t get to do enough when things are ‘normal’, and there’s no better place to enjoy a great book than in the perfect bath.
Usually I keep my bath bombs for ‘special’ baths, I’m been treating myself to them far more regularly during this lock-down. One of my favourites is Lush’s iconic Twilight. A bright pink bomb, it releases purple and blue swirls into the water, and settles into the perfect purple-coloured bath. Delicately scented with lavender, as well as benzoin and tonka, the bath is slightly sweet, and absolutely perfect for unwinding. Coupled with the brand’s Sleepy Body Lotion, I’m pretty much guaranteed a great night’s sleep!
Lush Twilight Bath Bomb is priced at £3.95 each and are available here
Whether you’re changing up your makeup routine because we’re heading into Spring, or you’d rather not slather on the foundation during the country’s Lock Down period, a tinted moisturiser is your best bet. Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer feels like it’s the original, and I couldn’t resist treating myself to another tube now that it’s been repackaged. Available in regular and travel sizes, you can choose from 20 shades, and it promises sheer coverage and a dewy finish.
I opted for 2N1 Nude, a warm neutral which is just a shade darker than my natural skin tone, but, since we’re heading into (hopefully) better weather, I wanted to get one which wouldn’t leave my looking too chalky. After moisturising, I apply a light layer using my fingers. The formula absolutely melts into skin, disguising imperfections and neutralising redness.
It smoothes on beautifully, and it works as the perfect base for my Glossier concealer. I finish everything off with a lick of bronzer, and I’m good to go for the day. I’ve been using the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer on days when I want to look and feel a little more ‘done’. It definitely has more coverage than my everyday option (Glossier Skin Tint) but it still looks and feels super natural on the skin. One pro tip, however, is to keep it away from your eyes, it stings really badly if it gets anywhere near them!
The result is a really pretty, natural finish, which lasts all day long. I love how long-lasting it is, and even after a busy day, it looks freshly applied. It also is perfect, if like me, you’ve got dry skin – it keeps everything nicely hydrated and you don’t get that tight feeling at the end of the day.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisurizer is priced at £35 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to working from home, I’ve got a few staples. There’s a Spotify playlist, my preferred coffees and teas to keep the three o’clock slump at bay, and I always got a lip balm and hand cream at the ready. One of my best loved lippies is Elizabeth Arden’s iconic Eight-Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick. Designed to moisturise, soften and smooth lips, it’s perfect for slathering on daily.
Colourless, it’s perfect for lazy days when you don’t want anything too coloured or shiny, and I can swipe it on desk-side without worrying about getting too messy. It’s super comfortable on, and it lasts for a good few hours before I need to top-up. It kills the dryness I get from working inside, it’s even got SPF 15, perfect for popping out and enjoying an outdoor stroll!
Elizabeth Arden Eight-Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15 is priced at £20 and is available here (UK) and here (US)