As someone who has been obsessed with all things beauty since about the time I could talk, one of the main issues I come up against is formulas designed for people who are much, much older than me. It’s all well and good having preventative skincare, but I’m still in my twenties. I don’t really need lotions and potions which firm and lift skin. I need products which combat pollutants, stop wrinkles from forming in the first place and generally keep everything ticking along nicely. So I think I may have squealed when I heard about the Perricone MD Pre:Emt Series. A line of skincare formulated for those of us in that tricky spot of trying to keep young skin looking its best.
The Daily Foaming Cleanser is a real stash staple. I’ve been using it every morning and night to keep my skin clear of makeup and pollutants. The formula relies on Dr. Perricone’s proprietary Nrf2 antioxidant support complex – a seriously potent blend of ingredients to support skin’s natural ability to address oxidative stress, environmental aggravators, and aging.
It’s a real workhorse of a product which makes short work of any sort of makeup, and you only need the tiniest amount of the stuff to really get a good ‘foam’ going. It’s one of those cleansers which really leaves your skin feeling super clean, without heading into the stripped territory.
It also works really well if I’m using a Clarisonic or Foreo device as the pulses seem to make it even frothier and foamier! I’m such a fan, and it’s made me absolutely desperate to try out more of the product line!
Perricone MD Pre:Emt Daily Foaming Cleanser is priced at £29 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to jewelry, I’m a bit of a minimalist. On a daily basis I wear a lone gold chain which I’ve not taken off since I was about 14. I bought it on holiday, and we’ve together ever since. If I’m feeling particularly fancy I throw on some diamond studs and my watch and we’re good to go. But recently I’ve taken a bit of a fancy to treating myself to something new and a little bit fun.
So when I say that Laing Edinburgh were launching the Happy Hearts Collection from Chopard, I think I fell in love! The pieces bring together the brand’s signature hearts and mobile diamonds (super fun to play with if you’re a figiter) and are the perfect mix of sleek and whimsical.
The range starts at £1220 and I’m finding it super difficult to choose! You can find the whole collection here
Ok, when it comes to Lush, I can get a little fanatical. It’s not Christmas in my household without at least a few bottles of Snow Fairy cluttered in the bathroom, so when I saw that there were a few new releases for Easter I couldn’t resist. I know we passed by Easter a few weeks ago, but I couldn’t resist sharing this newness!
The first thing you’ll notice about the shower gel is the colour. It’s orange. Very orange, and it gets everywhere in the shower, but the smell is so good that it more than makes up for the mess. It’s a super pretty floral, full of Jasmine and Rose which skews fresh rather than overly heavy. It even suds up like a dream – I love using it on a shower puff as it leaves skin looks and feeling super soft and smooth, and seriously hydrated.
Lush Wash Behind Your Ears is priced from £5.95 and is available here.
If an artist is only as good as their tools, then your makeup is only as good as what you apply it with. If I’m honest, 9 times out of 10 I use my fingers. I’m lazy, and I like the natural look I get, but sometimes you just feel the need to step things up a notch (or two).
So when I caught sight of EcoTools Perfecting Blender Duo, I knew it was the combo for me. The set comprises two makeup sponges – a larger for lighter, more buildable coverage, whilst the smaller provides more targeted applications. The mix of flat sides, rounded bottom and chilled tip means that the sponges can be used in a variety of manners. I tend to apply foundation with the rounded end, and if I’m playing with a subtle contour I like the straighter edged side.
The smaller is perfect for techniques like baking under eye concealer. It’s small enough to fit into awkward areas like around the nostrils, and it’s super soft. Like all beauty sponges, these are designed to be used damp to they don’t soak up all your product!
EcoTools Perfecting Blender Duo is priced at £9.99 and is available here
When it comes to must-haves, coffee is pretty high up there. I’m not going to lie, I have at least a cup of the stuff each morning, and quite a few cups to keep me going through the day. I can be a little picky about which coffees I drink though, and getting a cafetiere together can be a bit of a faff.
So, when Lyons sent through a box of their new Coffee Bags, I was more than a little intrigued. Packaged individually, and looking rather like an overgrown tea bag, using the Coffee Bags couldn’t be easier.
After boiling the kettle, I just pop one of the Coffee Bags into a cup, pour the boiling water over them, give them a quick stir, then pop the bag into the bin. It’s as easy as making a cup of tea, and it provides a much-needed, great tasting jolt of caffiene whenever I need it!
Lyons Coffee Bags come in 3 different roasts, and are priced at £2.60 per box, and I’ve bought mine at Waitrose.