When you think about the stresses on your skin from everyday life, it’s mostly environmental pollutants which come to mind. I mean, I know car exhausts aren’t the greatest for your general health, but a thorough cleanse every night should pretty much have you covered. If you’re going into space however, skincare gets slightly more complicated. That’s the situation that Dr. Alexandrides (the brains behind 111Skin) faced when he was tasked with creating products which would benefit astronauts when they were in space.
The Y Theorem Repair Serum was one of the first products for 111Skincare, and it’s a good one. A rich, nourishing serum – this isn’t one of those watery serums, but instead it feels more akin to a light moisturiser. It’s completely scentless and colourless, so it’s perfect for sensitised skin (especially if you’ve spent a little too long in the sun).
Used morning and night, my skin feels much smoother and dewier than normal. After cleansing, I smooth a pump or two into my face and neck, then follow up with my regular moisturiser. I also like to apply it after I’ve done a bit of dermal rolling – the teeny holes let it sink even deeper into skin, making it even more effective!
111Skin Y Theorem Repair Serum is priced at £190 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to packing for your holiday, there is no greater trial than deciding which beauty products you’re going to need. As someone who rotates through no less than three shampoos and two conditioners per week, a 40lbs luggage allowance seems paltry in comparison. Then throw in a few moisturisers, a couple of perfumes and a body scrub, and well, that’s the suitcase filled already.
So, when I happened across this dinky little trio from hair-whisperer Michael Van Clarke, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Three hand-luggage friendly tubes of his most beloved products – the Pre-Wash Treatment, his original shampoo and nifty conditioner. They even come in a rather swish transparent pouch which you can squeeze a few lip glosses into.
I’ve been a fan of the brand for a while – the Pre Wash Treatment is a must for sun-stressed tresses, and the shampoo and conditioner will leave hair sleek, bouncy and most importantly nourished.
3 More Inches Travel Tubes are priced at £24.50 and are available here (UK)
If I’m completely honest, my neck is the area I probably neglect the most. I know I shouldn’t, and I do try to smooth any moisturiser I’ve got on down there and on to my décolletage, but sometimes it just feels like I use so much extra product, that I just kind of forget about it, which is probably exactly what I shouldn’t be doing.
So, when Omorovicza released their new Firming Neck Cream, it felt like I product I very much needed. After all, the brand believe that caring for your neck and décolletage should be a daily ritual, and I am a complete convert! Their cream is an absolute dream to use. Rich yet silky smooth, you only need the tiniest amount and is disappears effortlessly into skin.
Using the cream also feels like such a treat. Every morning, after cleansing, I warm a little of the cream between my fingers, then spread over my neck, working it into my jawline. I stretch my neck back and to each side for a few seconds to get my circulation going, then pat whatever is left into my chest. It smells absolutely incredible, and it’s a glorious couple of minutes of self care before the madness of the day sets in.
Omorovicza Firming Neck Cream is priced at £95 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
If I had to choose only one makeup product to use, I think it would have to be bronzer. A quick slick of the stuff makes me feel human as well as disguising my paler-than-pale complexion. I’m also a staunch believer of not putting my face in the sun (tanning means wrinkles later on) so I’m always on the hunt for a believable bronzer.
Since Bobbi Brown is the queen of natural makeup, I thought I’d give their Bronzing Powder a go. Packaged in a slick black compact, it’s a good size – being enough for the fluffiest of face brushes to swirl around, and I love the fact that it comes in seven shades, so you can really find a dupe for your natural tan. I opted for Natural – a warm toned tan shade which gives skin a natural looking flush.
The powder gives a beautifully lightweight look. Even though there are small glitter particles in the formula, you’re not left looking like a disco ball. Instead, skin is left looking all naturally glowy and dewy. It applies evenly, and can be built up depending how deep you’d like your tan to look.
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder is priced at £30 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to keeping skin healthy, the easiest thing you can do is to exfoliate and moisturise regularly. It doesn’t matter if it’s your face, body or feet – a good scrub never goes amiss! So, when Magnitone sent over their Full Monty 3-in-1 Face & Body Brush, it was the push I needed to up my exfoliation game!
Available in two colours (grey or teal), the Full Monty is everything you need from a Skincare Brush. No matter whether you need to have a seriously deep cleanse, or you want to give yourself an at-home pedi, Magnitone have you covered. You just pop on the corresponding brush head and go. There are (unsurprisingly) 3 brushes included with the Full Monty – a facial brush (small and soft) a body brush (larger and denser) as well as a buffing head (hard and rough) all designed to deal with your exfoliation needs.
To go alongside the three brushes, the brush itself also has three settings to match. This means it’s super easy to use, and, if you’re jetting off on holiday, it means you only need to take one tool away with you! It feels great to hold, and it’s nicely weighted without being heavy. I also love the shade of the brush – it’s a nice splash of colour in my otherwise quite monochrome bathroom.
When it comes to using the brush, I tend to work from the top down. I apply a little foaming cleanser to the brush, and work into my face for a minute or two. It creates the best foam, and my skin feels so clean afterwards without feeling stripped. Then I switch out the brushes for the body brush, and add a little body wash. It foams up beautifully, and it’s great for sloughing elbows and knees. It’s a good alternative to dry brushing, and it leaves skin feeling seriously silky. Then, once I’m out of the shower, I see to my heels with the pedi head. The brush leaves skin feeling super soft and smooth, and once I follow up with moisturiser, I feel like I’ve stepped out of the spa!
Magnitone The Full Monty 3-in-1 is priced at £130 and is available here.
When it comes to everyday makeup, I’ve all but abandoned heavy concealers in a bid to look naturally radiant during the day. I don’t like the way they can crease during the day, so I prefer to go without. Annoyingly though, my under eye puffs up at the slightest thing, so I’m always looking for products which make me look all bright eyed.
Amazing Cosmetics sent over their AmazingConcealer Illuminate which is billed as a medium coverage concealer which delivers a hefty dose of radiance too. It’s the perfect mix which covers up signs of fatigue without looking heavy or cakey.
Available in 10 shades, most skin tones should be able to find a colour to suit. Application couldn’t be easier; after applying my regular foundation or tinted moisturiser, I dot on a little of the concealer then blend in using my ring finger. It disappears into skin, disguising dark circles and minimising puffiness. It’s a must-have for effortless summer beauty.
Amazing Cosmetics AmazingConcealer Illuminate is priced at £25.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to beauty products, if I had to choose one desert island pick, it would have to be an oil. There is nothing quite as nourishing than a couple of drops patted into freshly washed skin. Since I use oil day and night, it can get a little expensive to keep on buying teeny bottles of the stuff, so when Boots sent over their 100% Organic Nourishing Facial Oil, I couldn’t wait to give it a go!
Marketed for all skintypes, Boots Nourishing Facial Oil couldn’t be simpler – filled with great-for-skin ingredients like Rosehip Oil and Sweet Almond Oil, it’s perfect for rehydrating dried out skin. After cleansing I pat a few drops into skin and let it sink in. The oil feels seriously premium – with a rich, silky texture it feels like it’s worth three times the price.
It also smells incredible, thanks to a subtly floral fragrance. It sinks in easily, and is a great base for makeup on days I want to look all fresh and glowy, and I use it every evening before heading to bed.
Boots Nourishing Facial Oil is priced at £11.49 and is available here
Even though I live in Scotland, I’m all about preventing sun damage. It’s not always been the case – when I was younger I carried out summer experiments (not applying sunscreen until I could feel burning, not applying sunscreen after being in the water – you get the gist) which left me at best, a little pink and at worst, with sun stroke and blisters.
Happily, I’ve left my little experiments in the past, and now I’m as careful as possible as I can be with my skin. It can be hard though, to keep track of the products I use on a daily basis (there are a few after all) so when there is a chance to simplify down, I’m all about it! Happily Dr Russo obviously feels the same, and has released possibly the most genius product yet – a daily cleanser which leaves behind SPF 30.
It feels like magic, but actually the cleanser is all down to science. All you need to do is wash your face in the morning like usual, and then the formula leaves positively-charged capsules that sit on the top layer of skin. Because skin is negatively-charged, Dr Russo says the remaining product rests on the outermost layer of skin instead of absorbing deeper. According to him, this makes it less likely that those with sensitive skin (i.e. me) will have an adverse reaction, and he’s right. It feels weightless on the skin, and I can apply my skincare as usual. It’s a fabulous option for summer, and it means you have one less thing to worry about!
Dr. Russo Sun Protective Day Cleanser is priced at £48 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
If you call a brand ‘The Hero Project’, you’ve got to be confident in your products. They can’t be ok or average – they’ve got to be seriously good. So, when they sent over their Glow Drops Dry touch Facial Oil I was intrigued.
Packaged in a dinky little glass bottle, the formula boasts 10 Natural Essential Oils to hydrate and protect skin, so it’s perfect for wearing during the day. After cleansing a couple of drops patted into the skin is all I need instead of my usual moisturiser. It’s a dry touch oil, so it won’t leave skin looking greasy or too shiny.
Instead, the Glow Drops leave skin feeling nourished but matte. Makeup smoothes on after use, and skin feels incredible all day. The mix of oils work together to infuse skin with moisture whilst smoothing the look of imperfections and signs of fatigue. It’s perfect for faking 8 hours of sleep, and it also smells incredible!
The Hero Project Glow Drops Dry Touch Oil is priced at £24 and is available here
If you’re anything like me, summer heralds the end of powder make up formulas. Blushes, finishing powders and eyeshadows are all thrown to the back of the cupboard in favour of their liquid counterparts.
Plushy Rose is one of two shades currently available in Kiko’s Summer 2.0 Highlighting Drops. A warm red-toned coral shot through with a subtle golden shimmer, I’ve been substituting my usual blush for a drop or two of this.
The Highlighting Drops smooth seamlessly into skin – the formula is quite runny, so I have to be careful not to add too much. I usually pop a little on the back of my hand, then dot it on to the apples of my cheeks, then blend it using a Beauty Blender. It sheers out beautifully, and gives skin a glorious glow!
Kiko Summer 2.0 Highlighting Drops are priced at £5.90 (half price sale woo!) and are available here.
When it comes to skin, glossier is always better. Especially in the summer, I like my skin to look as healthy and glowy as possible, and I’ve been experimenting with methods to achieve the perfect sheen. So, when Glowbiotics sent over their new HydraGlow Cream Oil I was intrigued.
Packaged in an easy to use dropper bottle, I’ve been smoothing on a couple of drops after cleansing, before sealing in the goodness with my regular moisturiser. It sinks into skin effortlessly. It feels surprisingly light, and the formula contains Abyssinian seed oil which feels absolutely divine on the skin. The Cream Oil also contains light reflecting particles, which leave you looking radiant – it’s the perfect addition to your summer skincare routine.
GlowBiotics HydraGlow Cream Oil is priced at £47 and is available here (UK) and here (US)