If there’s something I really don’t need, it’s another lipgloss. Last month I actually went through my stash, plucking out the tubes which had gone off, were not quite-right colour-wise, or were looking a bit shabby and I filled up a carrier bag in record time. It was equal parts calming and horrifying, and I pledged that I would not buy another gloss unless it was completely perfect.
And that’s where Pat McGrath Labs’ Lust Gloss in Love Potion comes in.
It’s genuinely one of the most glorious lip glosses I think I’ve ever seen. A cool toned pinky nude shot through with a subtle gold glitter, this is one of those products I want to go out and buy 10 of, just so I’m sure I’ll never be without it.
Each tube of gloss is a generous size, and it feels wonderfully luxe to use. The formula itself is rich, and almost gel-like, and not too sticky like other glosses. It’s got a subtle sweet vanilla scent, and it wears well on the lips. I easily got about two hours before reapplying, and it feels rich and nourishing to wear. Unlike other nude glosses, Pat McGrath Labs’ doesn’t leave you with corpse lips – there’s enough pink in there to keep it flattering, and I’ve been piling it on everywhere from the gym to nights out!
Pat McGrath Labs Lust Gloss in Love Potion is priced at £25 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
Over the past few weeks, I’ve developed something of a spinning habit. It’s not something I’ve done too much of before, but getting to peddle away in a dark room, whilst music blasts feels a little like meditation – and despite being thoroughly convinced I’m going to topple off my bike each class, it never happens, and by the end of the class I feel pretty much invincible. The classes also leave me looking like I’ve jumped into a pool fully clothed, so I’ve been looking for ways to keep my skin clear, and Alteya Organics Rose Water is a must-have member of my post-class kit.
Perfect for soothing and cooling – once I’m out of the class, I use a foaming cleanser to clear any dirt and sweat, then douse my skin with a few spritzes of the Rose Spray. It smells glorious, and thanks to its antioxidant properties, it works wonders to cut redness and soothe skin. It also balances the skin’s pH levels, and you can use even use it as a toner if you’re after a gentler option. Alteya’s Organic Bulgarian Rosewater is 100% pure and natural, which means it doesn’t irritate the skin, and it’s also a gorgeous setting spray, which leaves makeup looking naturally dewy, and keeps it in place for hours.
Alteya’s Organic Bulgarian Rosewater is also super affordable – it’s only £7.20 and is available here.
When it comes to getting my summer glow on, my must-have product is always a killer bronzer. Naturally I’m pretty fair, I take a good 10 days to develop any sort of tan, and I’m so scared of sun damage, I’ve not sunbathed in nigh-on a decade. So, as you might imagine, a good bronzer is a very prized member of my makeup bag.
When I attended the Boots launch of Fenty Beauty a few weeks back, I couldn’t resist picking up one of the Sun Stalk’r bronzers. A chic mirrored compact, available in eight shades which run the gamut from tan to dark, so, as you’d expect from the brand, most skin tones are going to be able to find their perfect bronze.
I picked up Private Island, which in all honesty, is probably a touch dark for me at the moment. A warm-toned bronze, there’s no shimmer which will leave you looking like a glitter ball, instead it’s completely matte, so the colour it gives looks surprisingly believable.
Since it’s a bit deeper than my normal bronzer, I’ve been using a light hand when it comes to the Fenty offering. the formula itself is super soft, and can feel almost creamy when you swatch it with a finger. The result is that it buffs beautifully into skin, leaving a natural looking glow behind. It’s not a cakey or heavy-looking powder – it disappears into skin, making it look absolutely flawless.
The wear-time of the Sun Stalk’r powders is seriously impressive – I look the same at the end of the day as I did when I applied it. It leaves skin with a pretty satin finish, and it cuts down on unwanted shine, so you’re left looking glowy rather than greasy.
Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r bronzers are priced at £23 each and are available here (UK) and here (US)
Over the past couple of months, I’ve really stepped up my hair routine. I’m all about getting my lengths as long and strong as possible for the summer months, and the Umberto Giannini Grow Long line has been a surprising hit. I admit that I’m a bit of a haircare snob, and don’t tend to use too many drugstore products, but after using the Grow Long Tonic (review here) and seeing some real results, I had to give a couple of the other products a shot!
The Umberto Giannini Grow Scrub is part of the Grow Long range – designed to cleanse the scalp of product build-up which can slow hair growth, with a formula containing caffeine and black algae extract, as well as seaweed and sea salt.
To prevent any damage or stress on hair, the scrub should be used once per week, and you use it instead of shampoo. Like the rest of the Grow Long range, the scrub smells incredible – with a sweet coffee scent which sticks around all day. It’s a vegan and cruelty-free product, so it’s suitable for everyone to use!
Umberto Giannini Grow Long Scrub is priced at £9 and is available here.
When Fenty Beauty rolled out in Boots earlier this month, it was another serious success for the brand. Apparently you’re never more than 10 minutes away from a Boots, so considering you can order online and pick-up in store, it means that the brand can be at pretty much anyone’s fingertips within 24 hours, and when you consider how inclusive the brand is, it feels like a shift in the right direction.
In addition to getting colour matched to one of the brand’s 40 foundation shades, you can also get your hands on their new and limited edition releases – like the Poutsicle Lipstick collection. A line up of seven seriously punchy shades of juicy colour. Released right in time for summer, the lipsticks are not for the faint of heart (there are two blues in there) they’re gorgeous paired with tanned skin and paired-back makeup.
Coming packaged in punchy cases which echo their formula colours, the Poutsicles sit somewhere between a lipstick and a gloss. They feel rich and balmy on the lips, and the colour is surprisingly opaque while staying beautifully glossy. Even for someone like me, whose comfort zone remains firmly in the ‘neutral’ zone, you can’t help but love these colours. Will I be heading out rocking a blue lip – probably not, but Purpsicle, or Hot Blooded (a stunning candy pink) patted on the lip feel fun for summer evenings.
Fenty Beauty Poutsicle Lipsticks are priced at £18 each and are available here (UK) and here (US)