It’s Sunday night, which inevitably means it’s time for a face mask. The past few weeks have been busy, verging on hectic, so it feels like an absolute dream to be able to turn off my phone, throw on some music and slap on a product. Recently I’ve been reaching for Being by Sanctuary’s Caramel Comforting Cake-On Face Mask. Unlike my usual favourites, this one is a super gloopy option which restores and replenishes tired skin.
Applied to freshly cleansed skin, the mask not only feels like a treat, but smells like one too! It’s gloriously sweet, with vanilla and caramel notes – it’s perfect to pop on, sit back and relax. After 10-15 minutes, I remove everything with a hot flannel, and skin feels amazing afterwards. Super soft, and completely revitalised. It’s the perfect way to prep skin before the craziness of a new week.
Being by Sanctuary Caramel Comforting Cake-On Face Mask is priced at £7 and is available here
When it comes to natural, natural-looking beauty, you could say the brand which started all the hype was RMS and their ‘Un Cover-up’. Coming packaged in an understated glass jar, this is a product which whispers rather than shouts, and after using it for the past month or so, I don’t think I’ll ever be without it!
RMS Un Cover-up was the first beauty product I heard about which used coconut oil as its main base – like all of RMS’ products, it’s made of natural ingredients, free of chemicals you might find in other brands, so it’s perfect if you’re looking for a vegan, cruelty-free option. I’ve been using it almost daily for nigh-on two months now, and it’s fair to say I’m a convert. I love the multipurpose nature of it, how easy it is to use, and most importantly, how it looks on the skin. Thanks to ingredients like the aforementioned coconut oil, and castor oil the Un Cover-up hydrates and calms skin, so over time, you can get away with using even less of it!
After applying a light base (I’m still obsessed with Glossier’s Skin Tint) I swirl a clean finger around the pot to heat it up, then tap anywhere I need a little extra coverage. Usually it’s around my mouth and nose, a little on my cheeks, and some under the eyes. The Un Cover-up melts into the skin, evening everything up, concealing blemishes and turning everything into a healthy canvas, primed for a swipe of bronzer. For a product made from coconut oil, it has a surprisingly satin-finish. It’s not as shiny on the skin as Glossier’s Stretch concealer, instead, it almost disappears, making it look like you’re not wearing any makeup at all. No matter how much of the stuff I dab on, it never looks or feels heavy – it just leaves skin looking perfected, and the effect lasts all day long.
RMS Un Cover-up is priced at £28 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
For the first time in what feels like forever, the heating has been whacked on, and the cashmere sweaters have been unpacked from storage. It can only mean one this – autumn is truly here, and for dry-skinned girls like myself, it’s time to up the hydration stakes! Over the past few months, I’ve been giving some of The Ordinary’s line up a go, and if you’re looking for a quick moisture-boost, their 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil is for you.
Packaged in the brand’s signature low-key bottles, it looks more like something you’d find in a chemist than a department store, but the emphasis is on ingredients with The Ordinary, and their products are significantly cheaper than higher-end alternatives. As someone who suffers from dry skin that’s prone to redness, I’d heard great things about Rose Hip Oil. It’s said it tackles fine lines, deeply hydrates and encourages cell regeneration, so I was super-keen to give it a go.
I’ve been using it nightly, sometimes after dermal rolling, sometimes after cleansing, and I’ve been really pleased with the results. Thanks to it being 100% cold pressed, the oil feels rich, and silky to apply. The slightly heavier consistency is exactly what my skin needs at this time of year, and the mornings after I apply, my skin still feels plump and hydrated with a healthy dose of ‘glow’. It’s also a perfect oil to use if you’re looking to sheer-out a too heavy foundation. A single drop will leave skin glowing as well as feeling amazing!
The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil is priced at £9 and is available here.
There’s a reason that some products become iconic – and when it comes to faking your tan, it doesn’t get much more iconic than Fake Bake. They’re the brand who brought sunless tanning into bathrooms across the country, and they were the first fake tanner I ever tried.
The Original Self-Tan lotion is the perfect sunless tan, and it’s surprisingly easy to use. After a good exfoliation in the shower, the lotion can be slapped on to clean skin (gloves are included) and it leaves skin feeling super soft. I like to let me colour develop overnight, and the result is a believable golden tan, which looks like I’ve spent a week away somewhere sunny. Thanks to the medium colour payoff, you can build the colour up, if you’re after a darker result. But for a pale person like me, a weekly application is perfect for a winter glow!
Fake Bake Original Self-Tan Lotion is priced at £28 and is available here
Whenever the temperature starts to drop, I like to find a moisturiser which is a litter richer than my usual choice. Usually I’ve turned to high-end brands, hoping that the quality of ingredients will soothe and nourish my skin. This year, since I’ve been pretty obsessed with Glossier, I thought I’d give their Priming Moisturizer Rich a go.
Described as a ‘luxurious face cream’, it’s probably Glossier’s richest product – designed specifically for dry skin. As you would expect from the brand, packaging is completely on-point. I love the sturdy plastic pot and pink lid – it just looks great on the shelf.
More importantly of course, is what the cream is like inside. Thick, and cooling to apply, despite being quite a thick cream, the Priming Moisturizer Rich, sinks into skin quickly, leaving skin perfectly prepped for moisturiser.
I am absolutely obsessed with the scent of the Priming Moisturizer Rich. It has a subtle lavender scent which feels beautifully calming to use, and an anti-redness complex which means I get to wear less makeup than normal! The formula includes Red Algae Complex to continually deliver moisture to skin, whilst Murumuru Butter melts into skin leaving it feeling perfectly hydrated. A little patted into clean skin in the morning is enough to prep my skin for makeup (I’m still absolutely loving the Glossier skin tint in place of foundation) and leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated until evening. It’s also lasted quite a few months, despite daily use. It’s so good, I’ve actually just ordered my second jar!
Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich is priced at £29 and is available here.