When it comes to summer skincare, I’m all about having glowy, moisturized skin. It means I can leave foundation at the door and jump head first into my favourite BB creams and bronzers. But since I have sensitive skin which can easily feel dehydrated, I like to really focus on hydration at this time of year.
That’s why I’ve turned to Clarins recently to really keep my face in check. After using a pump or two of their glorious serum (here) I’ve been following it up with their Hydra-Essentiel moisturizer. Packaged in a beautiful blue glass jar, the cream feels rich and soothing to apply, and leaves my skin feeling super soft.
Designed for skin that’s normal to dry, there is some serious technology at work. Clarins have included organic, medicinal kalanchoe extract, which is a powerful natural hydration activator that boosts the skin’s hyaluronic acid production. This means that after application, skin feels seriously plumped and is primed for makeup.
The cream feels absolutely glorious to apply, and sinks easily into skin. I love to keep my jar in the fridge so that it feels super cooling to use. It’s the perfect summer moisturiser, especially when used alongside the serum.
The cream also smells incredible – it’s a light, fresh, summery scent which makes getting ready an absolute joy!
Clarins Hydra-Essential Silky Cream is priced at £36.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
Happy Easter Monday! I hope you’re suitably stuffed with chocolate and hot cross buns! I love Easter weekend, purely for a nicely placed long weekend which lets me catch up with some sleep, the gym, and of course, some spring cleaning! It’s also the perfect chance to catch up with friends and enjoy long lazy evenings in the sunshine. This means I’ve been hunting for the perfect low key lipstick to see me through the season.
That’s where Bobbi Brown’s Lip Color in Nude comes in. The Lip Colors are pretty much the brand’s most iconic product – it’s wonderfully black and shiny, and it looks so pretty in my makeup bag.
Nude is the most perfect neutral shade, which I’ve been loving for completing neutral makeup looks. The formula is super creamy, and the colour payoff is seriously buildable. It’s the perfect colour to swipe on if I’m looking to feel a bit more polished than normal, and it’s the perfect neutral shade.
Nude is also the perfect shade for pairing with a smokey eye. I love it worn alongside this shadow dup as the colours work so well together, and look so pretty!
Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Nude is priced at £23 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to cleansing, I have recently realised that I have a slightly more in-depth approach than many. In the evenings, I tend to use an oil-based cleaner around my eyes to eradicate mascara and liner, then I use a foaming option on my face to get rid of foundation and concealer. Then I finish everything off with a swipe of micellar water and then, if I’m feeling fancy, some toner. It’s not the quickest option available (hello baby wipes) but it means my sensitive skin stays under control, and I don’t wake up sporting a face-full of yesterday’s makeup.
Recently though, I was introduced to the SkinFix brand – a company all about creating seriously impressive skincare at affordable prices. One of the first of their lineup I tried was the Foaming Oil Cleanser. A mix of two of my favourite types of cleanser – it’s not like anything else in the cabinet! The formula has a light cream, milky consistency, but it foams when it comes into contact with water. It has a wonderfully fresh, spa-like cucumber scent which is very cooling and soothing, and it gets rid of makeup absolutely incredibly! The little blue bottle has freed some some valuable bathroom real estate, keeps my skin super clear, and it gets rid of makeup without feeling drying. In a word, it’s genius!
SkinFix Foaming Oil Cleanser is priced at £11.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to looking pulled together, nothing does it better than having a fresh manicure. Over the past year or so, I’ve made a serious effort to keep my fingers looking polished and groomed at all times. It helps that I’ve found a seriously fab salon in the form of Buff (you can see them here), but despite my best efforts, I sometimes need a quick fix, if I’ve peeled off my manicure and I have to go somewhere quick, I’ve turned to press-on nails more than a few times. They’ve moved on from plastic-y looking talons, and instead, they now look like you’ve just left the salon!
Kiss’ Gel Fantasy nails might just be your best bet if you’re looking for something ultra chic and subtle. They are available in a whole range of colours, and I love Ab Fab. It’s a rich, slightly metallic deep burgundy, which is just the kind of colour I’d pick out at the salon. Using the nails couldn’t be easier either – you can choose to glue them down using the sticky tabs (perfect if you’re looking for a short term solution), or if you need the nails to last longer, use the glue. Both options are included which makes them great value for money.
I’m not going to lie – I’m saving these glittery ones for a party or perhaps Christmas. They are so shiny and sparkly – they’re absolutely gorgeous! The nails stay in place for around a week – so you can even pop them on and enjoy a short break away without worry about your manicure! And the best thing about them? They never chip!
Kiss Gel Fantasy Nails start at £6.99 and are available here (UK) and here (US)
Are you all ready for the long weekend yet? I’m not going to lie – I’ve been counting down the days all week. I can’t wait to have a long lie on Friday and enjoy some Spring sunshine, and then I’m having a few people over for a big old Easter lunch on Sunday. In between, I thoroughly intend to to enjoy a little r&r and prior to my guests descending, I’ve been sprucing the house up a bit. There are tulips in pretty much every room, and I’ve sprinkled eggs throughout the house. One place that was lacking a bit of Easter festivity though, was the bathroom.
That was until these gorgeous little eggs from Bronnley popped through the letter box. The tins are decorated with the cutest seasonal illustrations – I mean, a bunny, a duckling and a whole bunch of spring flowers? I don’t think you can get much cuter! Inside there are the most stunning eggs shaped soaps, delicately scented with Pink Peony and Rhubarb. It’s a gorgeous fragrance which borders on fruity, and it has made my bathrooms look and smell divine!
Bronnley Easter Egg soaps at £3.99 each and are available here