When it comes to this time of year, I cannot tell you how clean I want my face to feel. Truly, wearing a face-full of heavy makeup as the temperatures start to rise feels like an absolute nightmare, and I’d much rather spend my days in tinted moisturiser than have to worry about thick or powdery formulas. I’ve also been switching up my skincare routine to keep my skin as happy as possible too. Now that salons are back open, I’ve resumed my routine of a microdermalbrasion facial every six weeks, which means I don’t need to worry too much about exfoliation, and I’ve been wanting to switch up my cleansing routine after powering through my last tube.
I stumbled on a bottle of Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser a couple of weeks ago, and honestly, I’d forgotten how much I like it. It’s easy to write-off Glossier as a fad brand, their marketing and packaging is a bit of a love-it-or-loathe it (I fall into the former category), but their products tend to work well for me. I love the easiness of them, and the cleanser is no different. A light, jelly-like consistency with the merest hint of a rose fragrance, it’s super cooling on skin, and if you’ve been in the sun, it feels like a bit of a godsend. It doesn’t foam as such, and it doesn’t sting your eyes either. Instead, it just leaves skin feeling clean and refreshed rather than stripped. For skin that’s in need of a little TLC, this is a must-have.
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser is priced at £15, and is available here.
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If, like me, you’ve got sensitive skin, making sure you properly cleanse and exfoliate your face can be a bit of a juggling act. Too gentle a formula with a soft cloth leaves residue of both skincare and makeup behind, whilst if you use anything too rough, you’re left with skin which looks and feels ravaged. So, when it comes to daily washing, I like to mix up my facecloth/face pad routine to get the best results.
Konjac sponges like this one are perfect if you’re looking for a gentle but effective cleanse. Saturate the sponge with warm water, then use to foam up a cleanser, making sure to thoroughly cleanse and rinse the sponge before leaving to dry. Since it’s a natural sponge, it doesn’t stretch or rasp skin, and when it’s fully saturated, it has almost a jelly consistency, so it’s perfect for the most sensitive of skin types. This one has Green Tea added for antioxidant properties, so it leaves skin perfectly cleansed and prepped for your next skincare steps.
Face It Tea Love Skin Green Tea Konjac Sponge is priced at £8.99 and is available Face It Tea Love Skin Green Tea Konjac Sponge
Is there anything better than a seriously long soak in the tub? I can happily spend an hour or two soaking away, book in hand, music on – it’s the easiest way to relax and unwind, so I’m always on the lookout for truly great bath products. I’ve found an absolute gem in the form of Jason Himalayan Pink Salt 2 in 1 Bath Soak & Body Wash – an affordable, yet indulgent feeling project which leaves skin soft and my mind relaxed.
Packaged in a generous pump-top bottle, on a day to day basis, I’ve been keeping it in the shower for luxe morning showers. Pink Himalayan Salt is thought to have antibacterial and antiseptic properties, so it leaves skin feeling super fresh, and I’m obsessed with the spa-like scent which mixes lavender, bergamot and clary sage. In the evening, I love using a couple of pumps for a perfect bubble bath. The formula foams up like a dream, and I feel like the salt is great for soothing aching muscles. It feels like spa treatment, and it’s such a great end to an evening.
Jason Himalayan Pink Salt 2 in 1 Bath Soak & Body Wash is priced at £11.99 and is available here.
I think it’s a bit of an understatement to say that we’re all in need of a little treat. I mean, the past 18 months has been absolutely nightmarish for everyone, and now that the world is beginning to open back up, it’s been such a joy to get back out and about, and just feel a little bit normal. Never will I ever take meeting friends for drinks or heading out for dinner for granted ever again. Whilst we’re definitely heading in the right direction (fingers crossed), we’re not out the woods, and like most people, my stress levels have been pretty high recently – so when Edinburgh’s favourite independent tea retailer, Eteaket, sent over the loveliest box of goodies, I was giddy.
Tucked in the gift box were two tubes of rather special tea, alongside a stunning pink infuser mug. As someone who works from home, and has to have a cup of something on the go at all times, it was truly the loveliest surprise. What I love about Eteaket is the extra mile they go in making their tea truly something special, and their limited edition Chinese Tea Hearts are an absolute must have. Black Chinese Tea Leaves have been pressed into ‘tea hearts’ which are perfect for pairing with the infuser mug – just add one to the basket, pour over hot water, and voila – a perfect any time drink. Like all of their teas, the hearts are completely plastic free, and you can choose to try them individually, or in packs of 24.
The second tube contained a new-to-me variety of tea – Pu’erh Mini Too Cha Tea Cakes. Each individually packaged tea cake just needs to be unwrapped, and then used in one of Eteaket’s infuser mugs or teapots. Traditionally, the tea has been much sought after – it’s fermented and aged (much like a good wine or whisky) and the leaves are believed to aid digestion. Even after steeping for three or so minutes, the leaves can be used three or four more times, so the tea cakes are a perfect accompaniment to a busy afternoon. I’ve absolutely fallen for the tea’s earthy flavour, and the whole ritual is such a treat to enjoy.
To find out more about Eteaket, or purchase your own infuser mugs and tea cakes online, Eteaket’s website is available here.
Over the past few months I’d been quite good at keeping my beauty spending to a minimum. With lockdown in full force, it felt a little pointless buying new lipglosses and creams which I could only wear heading out to the supermarket, but in the last couple of weeks, I feel like I’ve treated myself quite a bit more than usual. I’m not feeling too guilty about it though, because I’ve found some new absolute gems, one of which is the Glossier Hand Cream.
This had been on my Wishlist, pretty much since it launched, but up until last month I hadn’t had my nails done since before Christmas, and I was working my way through my tubes and tubs of body and hand balms. So, when Glossier launched their summer sale, I snaffled all the bits I’d been lusting over since pre-Covid. Coming packaged in a seriously pleasing snappy and squeezy tube, the Hand Cream is pretty much a dream. Rich and hydrating without feeling sticky or too much, it hydrates hands without leaving them feeling greasy, and the smell is incredible. It’s equal parts laundry detergent and summer holidays. Despite not enjoying the Glossier perfume, which it’s supposedly based on, I’m obsessed with the scent of the cream. It’s also significantly helped me soften and smooth my hands, which were looking and feeling rough after 6 months mani-free.
Glossie Hand Cream is priced at £16 and is available here.
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