When Marc Jacobs released a makeup line a few years back, I’m not going to lie, I was torn. On one side, I absolutely love Marc Jacobs – his clothing, his designs, and the direction he took Louis Vuitton in are still among my favourites, but I’d never really considered him in the beauty sphere. I think I was just worried that the products would be something of an afterthought. All packaging with nothing to back it up. Very happily though, I was wrong.
I’ve been secretly lusting after the Marc Jacobs’ bronzers and eye-shadow palettes, but I thought I’d start my collection with something slightly smaller. One of the brand’s New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipsticks. The packaging had me first – the taupe, magnetized bullet looks and feels wonderful, and super sleek. But even better might be the New Nudes’ formula.
The New Nudes collection encompasses 12 shades which are designed to compliment all skin tones. The Marc Jacobs’ website even shows which colours will work best with skintones, undertones and hair colours. It’s a genius move which makes treating yourself to a new lipstick super easy and rather fun! I opted for Understudy, and it’s a stunning your-lips-but better shade. A warm, rosy pink – it adds warmth and will look absolutely glorious with a tan. The gel formula of the lipsticks is also something of a revelation. Lightweight and moisturizing to wear, it leaves lips subtly glossy, and it lasts for a good three hours.
I’m already planning my next shade!
Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipsticks are priced at £25 and are available here (UK) and here (US)
Ok, so tomorrow is the start of June, and for me, that means it’s properly the start of summer. So, along with getting the fake tan out, I’ve also grabbed a bottle of Clarins’ new Body Fit. Packaged like a moisturiser, this is the best product out there for getting your skin summer-ready.
I’ve been applying the Body Fit twice a day when I get out the shower, and I’ve been absolutely loving the results. The cream itself is super lightweight with a light, fresh scent. It’s absorbed easily by skin, and it doesn’t leave you feeling in any way greasy or sticky. Instead, skin just feels pleasantly hydrated. It smells incredible, and the formula is pretty genius too – Quince Leaf extract firms skin, whilst the caffeine in the formula helps to lessen the appearance of cellulite. Of course a cream is never going to replace a healthy diet and exercise, but it does make skin look a little sleeker and tauter. And really, I’ll take all the help I can get!
Clarins Body Fit is priced at £39 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
Visiting Archerfield House last month was definitely one of my highlights of 2017. The Pavillion Suites were beautifully comfy to relax in, and the Fletcher’s Cottage Spa is just a dream. So, when I found out that there’s rather a fabulous deal on at the moment, I just had to share it with you!
Right in time for summer, you can re-engergise with a night away from it all for two this summer at Archerfield.
Enjoy a bespoke facial or massage treatment at the renowned Fletcher’s Cottage before relaxing in one of our recently refurbished luxury Pavilion Suites.
The following morning sit back and relax over the morning papers and a full Scottish breakfast in our Clubhouse.
The ultimate way to relax this summer at one of the UK’s best spa break locations.
All yours for just £355 – you can find out more here
When it comes to brands, there are a couple which I know just work for me. No matter which product I pick up, they feel like they’re made for me, and one of those rather magical brands has to be Sisley. Filled with French savoir-faire, the brand produces the most fabulous skincare, and, as I’ve found out over the past year or so, their makeup is the bee’s knees!
Much of the brand’s makeup offering comes in the form of Phyto-Twists. Zebra covered, and ridiculously easy to use, these crayons make getting ready both easy, and a little more fun. Formulas are silky smooth, and give skin a subtle luminosity which looks natural and healthy, rather than metallic-shiny. I’ve been using the Phyto-Twist eye and lip products for a while now, and they’re among my favourites, so I had to get my hands on their brand new Phyto-Twist Blush!
There is a choice of four colours, which span pretty pinks to punchy oranges, so all skintones should find a perfect blush. The rounded crayon makes application an absolute breeze – after applying foundation, a swipe of the Phyto-Twist on the apples of my cheeks gives a believeable hit of colour. I blend it in with either fingers or a Beauty Blender, to a sheer rose finish and finish with a sweep of bronzer.
The joy of the Phyto-Twist is the clever formula. It feels like a cream to apply – super blendable, with Camelia and Shea Oils to hydrate and nourish skin. It dries down to feel more like a powder, but it doesn’t look powdery or cakey. It adds a much needed perk to skin, and I can’t wait to swipe it on with a tan, as it will look glorious!
Sisley Phyto-Twist Blush in Petal is priced at £48 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to my everyday makeup, I’ve kind of developed a routine which feels like I could do with my eyes closed. A light foundation, a little undereye concealer, mascara and some bronzer and I’m good to go. I’ve all but abandoned lipsticks and glosses during the week.
Even though I’ve been loving my new paired back makeup bag, I was feeling the need for a new lip product. So, when I was perusing the Clinique counter, I couldn’t resist picking up one of their Chubby Stick Balms. They feel like they were made for lip-colour-sceptics like me. Promising subtle washes of colour with much-needed hydration, they’re the perfect summer lip product!
I picked up 03 Budding Blossom, which is probably the lightest, most subtle of the line up. Almost colourless, the balm adds a seriously subtle pink tinge to lips which is a serious case of my lips but better! As it wears the pink deepens slightly, leaving lips a pretty rosy shade.
Clinique Chubby Stick Balms are priced at £18 and are available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to my daily makeup, there are a few products I can’t be without, bronzer is one, and a subtle highlight is another. I like to look as natural and carefree as possible, but, as all girls know, that takes a bit of work! EcoTools have made it seriously easy to get ready in the morning though, with the release of their Define & Highlight Duo – a set of brushes which is an absolute must-have!
The Powder ‘define’ brush has been specially designed for contouring. Super soft, this brush feels absolutely divine to use, and it fits well into the hollows of my sheeks and around my jawline. It picks up the perfect amount of powder, and it blends formulas seamlessly, leaving makeup looking flawless.
To finish my makeup, I’ve been using this fan brush to lightly dust highlighter on the very tops of my cheeks, my nose and my cupid’s bow. Again, this brush is seriously soft, and it leaves the perfect subtle glow which looks seriously subtle!
EcoTools Define & Higlight brush duo is priced at £11.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
Over the past few years I’m not going to lie, I’ve put my hair through the wringer a bit. A few ill-faited trips to the hairdresser and rather a lot of bleach left my ends feeling sensitized and any sort of shine non-existent. Considering how much I style my hair, I knew it was time to undo a little of the damage, so I grabbed a bottle of Kerastase’s Elixir Ultime Shampoo.
It’s a choice which is fortified with the brand’s Elixir Ultime oil, which nourishes ends without leaving hair lank. It’s a shampoo I reach for once or twice per week, and it’s just the thing for adding a little life back into my hair!
Kerestase Elixir Ultime Shampoo is priced at £14.80 and is available here
When I met with Dr. Barbara Sturm a month or so ago, what struck me most was the apparent simplicity of the products. The whole line comes packaged in super-sleek tubs and bottles with black lettering. It looks like it should be in a swanky New York apartment instead of my bathroom, but it’s a rather glamorous way to start and end my days!
One of the products I’ve been using on a daily basis is the Eye Cream. Applied morning and night after my moisturiser, the cream feels lightweight and soothing to use, and gently hydrates the delicate skin around my eyes.
Sturm herself described the cream’s texture as ‘pudding’ and I couldn’t agree more. It skinks into skin effortlessly, and it creates the perfect base for makeup, smoothing skin and leaving it feeling incredible.
Like all of the brand’s skincare, the Eye Cream comes infused with Purslane which protects and prevents damage from free-radicals. In addition to this, Golden Root, Sugar Beet and Yeast have also been included for their de-puffing qualities.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Eye Cream is priced at £105 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to summer hair, I love looking like I’ve not tried too hard. I let go of the straighteners (a bit) and try to embrace a little texture. So, even though my hair isn’t as straight as it is in colder weather, I like it to still be as shiny and as healthy looking as possible.
That’s where MoroccanOil’s Glimmer Shine comes in. Packaged in a handy little spray bottle, the Glimmer Shine adds serious lustre without weighing hair down or leaving it looking greasy. After blow drying and lightly straightening my hair, I apply a touch of my regular serum and then finish with a spritz of the Glimmer Spray.
If you’ve got hair that’s on the finer side, you can spray the Glimmer Shine onto a brush or your hands, and sweep through ends. Anything thicker, you can spray it directly onto ends and then brush through. The product itself feels weightless, and it leaves ends super soft as well as shiny.
MoroccanOil Glimmer Shine Spray is priced at £19.95 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
A few weeks back it was time to cash in my Harvey Nichols points (if you don’t have their loyalty app yet, you need to download it now), and rather than opt for my regular vouchers, I thought it would be fun to get Foreo Luna Play instead. I’ve been a little baffled by these silicon-y brushes ever since they launched, so I couldn’t resist a freebie!
The ‘Play’ is designed to be a smaller, more portable version of the original Luna. With silicon bristles which are said to be more hygienic than regular face and body brushes. The device promises glowing skin through sonic pulses and gentle exfoliation. It’s also, in a way, disposable. The battery lasts for around 100 uses, but isn’t rechargable. On an sustainable level, it’s pretty annoying – there is no way that this will be ‘done’ in 100 uses, but you have to chuck it out anyway. But apart from that, I’ve been impressed.
The play does feel quite hard when pressed on the skin, but when used with a foaming cleanser and lots of water, you can really see formulas froth and foam up, leaving skin feeling super clean without feeling stripped. The shape of the ‘Play’ is easy to use, and gets into awkward spots like around my nostrils easily. I’ve been using it pretty regularly since picking it up, and it’s a cute little addition to my regime. It also comes in a rainbow of colours which are all super cute!
Foreo Luna Play are priced at £29 and are available here (UK) and here (US)
I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I feel like we’re hurtling into summer, so I’ve been in a bit of a mad dash to find products to update my beauty bag in time for early summer. I’ve been in the mood to add a little bit of subtle colour into my regime to lighten everything up, and I don’t think that you can get prettier than Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Liquid Blush.
Packaged more like a paint or pigment, using the blush couldn’t be easier. Just shake the bottle vigourously, dot a little of the formula on to the apples of my cheeks and blend. What’s magical about this blush is the formula. Unlike most of its powdery competitors, Daniel Sandler’s offering never looks heavy or cakey. You can make it as subtle or as noticeable as you like, and it never feels sticky or greasy.
I have Rose Glow which is a stunning warm tone shot through with gold microshimmer. It’s my secret weapon for mornings when I’m feeling a bit ‘blah’ as it really perks up my makeup. After applying my foundation and shaking the bottle, I dot a little of the formula on my apples and cheekbones and then blend with a Beauty Blender.
I usually keep it super sheer and subtle, but if you’ve got a deeper skintone than me, or if you’re looking to acheive a stronger look, just dot a little more on and blend again. The colour lasts all day without smudging or drying out. It also give skin a fabulous radiance, which means you don’t even need to bother with a highlight!
Daniel Sandler Watercolor Blush is priced at £15.50 and is available here