Monday mornings are never going to be my favourite time of the week. There always seems to be so much to do, and very little time to do it in, so over the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to take some time on a Monday to start the week on a calmer note. One of my little upgrades was swapping my regular toothpaste for a tube of Marvis.
Not only is Marvis probably the chicest choice for toothpaste, but they’re the tastiest too. Whilst you can choose your run of the mill mint, the brand also offer incredible choices which range from cinnamon to jasmine. My tube of choice is ‘Royal Wonders of the World’, a rather fun mix of Italian lemon oil, Mandarin, Rose extract and Mint. It’s feels like a real treat to use, and it looks fantastic on the shelf too!
If you’re keen to upgrade your morning routine, Marvis Royal Wonders of the World is priced at £7 and is available here
When it comes to summer skincare, I’m all about keeping things simple. I don’t like to play around too much with a routine which works, but when I tried Origins’ Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion, I knew it was a keeper. Super lightweight, and designed to calm skin and calm redness, it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for during the warmer months.
I’m not sure why mine came in such a bright bottle, but it’s so pretty, and it really stands out from my other products! After cleansing, I pat my skin dry, and then tap about a ‘shake’ of the essence into skin. It’s got a light, watery texture, which absorbs instantly into skin, and I follow up with a pump of serum, and my facial moisturiser as normal.
The Treatment Lotion is pH balanced, so if you’ve spent too much time in the sun, or your skin is feeling just generally ‘off’, it’s great for getting everything into balance. Stored in the fridge, it’s cooling and calming, and it’s a real relief to use on warm mornings, when I feel a bit puffy, and it really hydrates skin deeply too. After application, I follow-up with my regular serum and moisturiser and my skin looks and feels hydrated and refreshed. It’s a godsend for days when I wake up feeling a bit blah, and on evenings when I’ve had to do a deep cleanse after wearing makeup all day, it feels absolutely gorgeous to apply.
Origins Mega Mushroom Treatment Lotion is priced at £32 here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to daily moisturisers, one of my most re-purchased products is Pixi’s Ceramide Rose Face Cream. It’s lightweight whilst being ultra-hydrating, and it leaves skin with the prettiest dewy finish which is perfect for makeup application. It’s one of those creams which I always keep a tube in my stash, and if my skin is feeling parched or sensitised, it works to restore things back to normal. So, when Pixi sent over their Skin Treats, it felt pretty much like Christmas.
In the line-up there is a wonderfully grainy body scrub, and body wash which is perfect for daily use, but by far, my favourite of the trio is the Body Balm. With a texture which feels almost identical to the Ceramide face cream, the balm is beautifully silky to apply. It’s not got a recognisable scent, so it’s perfect if you like to keep things neutral, and it leaves skin feeling so healthy and silky soft. There’s no greasiness or stickiness, and my skin just drinks the formula right up.
Pixi Body Balm is priced at £24 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to hairbrushes, I am insanely picky. I use a different one in the morning than I do at night, and I can’t stand it when they feel like they’re ripping every hair out from the root. So, when SoEco sent over their Detangling Leaf Brush I was intrigued.
Unlike my usual bristle numbers, SoEco’s brush has a lightweight leaf design, with relatively long, flexible bristles. Designed to gently detangle hair, I’ve fallen in love with it for post-shower brushing. Even when my hair feels like it’s in a single mass, the brush gently unknots, leaving it ready for styling. It’s open design also helps to speed up the drying process – perfect for busy mornings!
SoEco Biodegradable Detangling Leaf Brush is priced at £9 and is available here.
When it comes to must-have summer skincare, a really great mist can’t be overlooked. From prepping freshly cleansed skin, to finishing makeup looks (and preventing the dreaded cake face), there’s nothing handier to have. So, when Image Skincare sent over their new Vital C Hydrating Facial Mist a few weeks ago, the timing couldn’t have been better. Designed to multitask, the mist mixes hydration with vitamin C and luxe gold sub-microparticles, so it helps to shield the skin against daily environmental stressors – perfect now that life is heading towards some sort of ‘normal’!
With a soft, slightly citrusy scent, the mist feels perfect for summer spritzing, and I love the fact that it leaves skin with a velvety soft, dewy finish. If, like me, you sometimes feel that you want to scrape your foundation off once it hits noon, try giving yourself a little pep with a mist like this one – it really makes me feel brand new (and makes my makeup look and feel super fresh too!)
Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Facial Mist is priced at £38 and is available here.