Undoubtedly, the most fashionable things in the world of dental care have to be coconut oil and charcoal. They’re a seemingly odd combination (after all who would think that something completely black would whiten teeth?!) but rather amazingly, Diamond Whites have managed to combine the two in their new Black Edition Liquid.
The Black Edition Liquid basically makes oil-pulling incredibly easy, as it’s a mix of coconut oil and charcoal. Diamond Whites recommend swishing it about for 15-20 minutes, but that can be a little hard, so I normally use it for around ten. Since it’s liquid already, you don’t need to faff around in the bathroom melting coconut oil. Instead, it’s ready to go, and within a single use I can see and feel the difference. Teeth look whiter and my mouth feels incredibly clean.
Diamond White Black Edition Liquid is priced at £9.99 and is available here.
As someone with skin that’s super sensitive and prone to dryness, I have to be so careful with my choice of cleansers. In my circle of friends I’m kind of known for my cleansing routine (apparently most people don’t have multiple steps) so you can imagine how happy I was when ByTerry’s Cullularose Nutri-Pure Comforting Balm Cleanser popped through the letterbox.
Packaged in an absolutely beautiful pink tube, the Cleansing Balm is part of the same range as the Miceller Water that I reviewed here. I’m absolutely in love with the delicate rose petal scent. It smells so wonderfully luxurious and spa-like, and it’s such a treat to use!
I tend to reach for the balm in the mornings – I prefer a foaming formula at night, and I love how the rich balm feels in the mornings. I only use the smallest little squeeze of the balm, and smooth it onto my skin, following with a warm, damp flannel. The gorgeous smell coupled with the rich texture combine to create the most luxurious of combinations which leave my skin feeling fresh, clean and super hydrated.
ByTerry Cellularose Nutri-Pure Comforting Balm Cleanser is priced at £42 and is available here.
When it comes to cleansing, I’m kind of militant about the whole deal. No matter how late it is, or how tired I am, I just cannot go to bed without cleaning my face. I hate the feeling of makeup after a few hours, and there’s nothing worse than waking up with makeup smeared all over your pillowcases. Nightly I tend to use a balm or oil, then a foaming cleanser, eye makeup remover and a swipe of micellar water. It’s probably more intense than 99% of people, but I like my skin to be super clean before I add my nightly moisturiser, and if I don’t follow through, my face tends to get super dull super fast!
I’ve only ever heard wondrous things about the ByTerry brand, so when I got the chance to try their new Micellar Water Cleanser, you can imagine how quickly I said yes! To be honest, I didn’t realise that they were so into skincare as a brand – mostly my interest has centred around their lip glosses and foundations, so I was super excited to give their Micellar a whirl.
Packaged in a chic, clear, slightly squeezable plastic bottle, the Micellar Water is delicately scented with rose. Honestly, roses aren’t usually my favourite fragrance, but this smells heavenly – it’s delicate and fresh, and incredibly pretty. To use, I simply squirt a little of the Micellar water onto a cotton pad, and sweep over my face in upwards strokes. It completely dissolves any leftover makeup, and it feels absolutely glorious on the skin. It’s so cooling and soothing, it’s an absolute godsend for people with sensitised skin like me. It also leaves skin feeling incredibly soft and hydrated – absolutely perfect for a quick moisturise and then bed!
ByTerry Cellularose Micellar Water is priced at £43 and is available here
I hope the weather has been as good with you as it has been up in Edinburgh. It’s been glorious here for the past week, and it finally feels like Spring has sprung! This means that my make up taken a decidedly lighter turn, and I’ve been loving wearing a light base with a really glowy feel. As much as I love a good highlighter, the main part of the look is having super clear skin.
To achieve this, I’ve been reaching for Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask. It’s a new release from the brand, which promises that the mask is an instant facial. It’s the perfect solution if your skin has been feeling a little blah, or you want some extra radiance. Personally, I love it because it feels like real multi-tasking product that you can just pop on, relax for twenty minutes then rinse off, then you’re free to enjoy super soft, clear and radiant skin.
I’ve seen a tonne of turmeric mask ideas on Pinterest, as it’s been known to be great for skin for generations, so Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Mask is definitely the easiest way to try it out! I’ve been applying the mask twice a week to freshly cleansed skin. At first, there is a menthol-freshness that feels both tingly and cooling on the skin, and as you rub it in, the formula’s cranberry seeds provide a gentle amount of exfoliation. Then I leave it to harden slightly for 20-30 minutes. I have to say, it’s a hilarious yellow colour, which does tend to stain white towels, but apart from that, the mask is pretty much flawless. After washing off, my skin feels incredibly soft and smooth and it looks like I really have treated myself to a pricey spa treatment. The fact that I can slap a little on whenever my skin is feeling a little blah feels like such a treat!
Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Mask is priced at £28.00and is available here (UK) and here (US)
Having beautiful, clear skin is what we’re all after, especially in the better weather when makeup feels like way too much effort! So, in preparation for some easing up on bases and concealers, I’ve been turning to Yes to Tomatoes line every few days to keep my skin looking super clear.
The Yes to Tomatoes line is part of the Yes to … brand that feature everything from Carrots to Blueberries. The Tomatoes selection is designed specifically for combination skin, so it’s all about clearing and cleansing skin. Both products I’ve tried also feature charcoal, which I absolutely love for it’s ability to really clear out the skin.
If you find that your skin feels oily and all round a little bit gross by the end of the day, this is the cleanser for you! First off, it smells divine! It’s a cleanser and an exfoliator in one, so it really cuts down on my bathroom clutter. The microbeads gently slough skin, whilst the charcoal in the formula gets to work on dirt and blackheads. It means that after using it, my skin feels incredibly soft and clean, without feeling stripped. If my skin is feeling particularly grubby, a squeeze of the cleanser with my Clarisonic works wonders!
Once a week I’ve been using the Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask to really deep-clean my skin and get rid of any impurities. Since I do tend to wear a little makeup every day, it’s important to really make sure that I treat my skin to a good mask, something I tend to do at the weekend. Like the cleanser, the mask smells lovely and fresh, and I just apply to clean damp skin and leave it to get to work for around 10-15 minutes. After removing with a warm damp flannel, the difference in my skin is totally visible. Unlike a lot of the detoxifying masks I’ve tried, the Yes to Tomatoes Mud Mask doesn’t irritate or dry out my skin, instead it just feels super clean and fresh, like I’ve had a really great facial. If you have delicate or irritated skin, you can also enjoy the mask by just using it on your problem areas. Mid-week I tend to pop a little of the mask on my nose and chin to really prevent blackheads or spots and it works like a dream!
Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser is priced at £8.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US).
Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask is priced at £11.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US).