As the seasons change, I always like to change my skincare up. There’s nothing worse than dealing with rich, heavy formulas when the temperatures start to rise, so with an apparent heat wave on the way, I’ve been sorting through my stash for a skincare update. Alteya Organics’ Facial Cleanser & Wash feels like the perfect hot weather cleanser – a light and ‘rejuvenating’ cleanser which leaves skin cleansed, not stripped.
With rose and jasmine, the cleanser is designed to soothe and calm skin, and it leaves skin feeling fresh and clean, rather than stripped. I love it as the second part of my cleansing routine, as it works well to eradicate makeup, without leaving my skin feeling too dry.
Alteya Organics Facial Cleanser & Wash is priced at £7.20 and is available here
When it comes to quick beauty hacks, I don’t think you can get much better than a pair os seriously good lashes. Within a few minutes your whole look can transform from everyday to something special, and even though I’m not the best at putting them on, when I’m heading out somewhere nice, I love a fluttery pair to add a little drama to my makeup.
Since I wear them so irregularly, I’m seriously picky when it comes to lashes. I like them to be lightweight, to feel natural, and to have a good flutter, but I hate it when they’re obviously fake. After all, no-one wants muppet lashes for a night out! Ardell are one of my favourite brands, and I’ve relied on them for over a decade – their individual lashes are a staple in my collection, and they are a real holy grail product. Joining that section of my collection are the Extension FX lashes – a set of beautifully full lashes which look like my own, but on a really good day. Designed to widen eyes, these lashes work best with almond or close set peepers, and the D curl provide a perfect dose of volume and drama. Applied using the included glue, these lashes fulfilled all of my needs – comfortable to wear and beautifully dramatic, if you’re looking for an easy beauty update – why not give these a go?!
Ardell Extension FX lashes are priced at £6.49 and are available here (UK) and here (US)
I’ve got my first hair appointment since February next week, and to say that I’m excited about it is an understatement. I feel like I’ve got roots down to my ears, and I cannot wait to get my hair trimmed, so over the past few weeks, I’ve been including It’s a 10’s Miracle Leave-in Product so that my hair is in as good condition as possible prior to my hair appointment. I’ve been a fan of the brand for years (seriously, take a look at my archives) and every time I use it, I remember just how great it is.
As you can probably tell, the Miracle Leave-in product is a serious multi-tasker – it promises to:
1. Inhibit dry, damaged hair
2. Add shine
4. Control frizz
5. Seal & protect hair colour
6. Help to prevent split ends
7. Stop hair breakage
8. Create silkiness
9. Enhance natural body
10. Flat iron spray & thermal protection
Honestly, it does it all and more. It smells absolutely incredible – it’s a really light, fresh fragrance which reminds me of Ralph Lauren’s Polo perfume which I used to wear back at school. It’s so perfect for taming hair, and within a few spritzes, it gets my hair from a tangled mess to ready to style in no time at all. Throughout lockdown, I’ve made sure to lock my straighteners away, and really baby my ends, and It’s a 10 has made such a difference in the texture of my hair – it’s so much softer and silkier since using it!
It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product is priced from £17.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
I’m not sure that there is anything quite as cosy as lighting a gorgeous candle and cosying up with a book for a chilled evening in. Obviously we’ve had a little more time than normal to enjoy some home cosiness, so when The Botanical Candlemaker got in touch to see if I wanted to try some of their fabulous candles, I absolutely jumped at the chance!
The Botanical Candlemaker is a real find of a brand – local to me, the candles are all handmade in small batches in Edinburgh. The brand’s ethos is all about sustainability with serious ecological credentials, and as a result, their candles are made with Rapeseed Wax, made with oil grown in the UK. If you’ve ever seen those fields of neon yellow in the early summer, that’s Rapeseed, and it’s a crop which is bee-friendly and it’s used in its entirety, so it’s seriously good for the environment.
The first of their scents I tried was their one-note Lemongrass – a beautifully fresh fragrance which feels perfect for summer evenings. It’s beautifully citrus-y, and it’s quite an invigorating scent, so if you’re looking for a ‘day’ candle, this might just be a perfect choice! Since gyms are still closed up in Scotland, I’ve been logging in to virtual Pilates classes twice a week, and I’ve been loving burning this candle during the classes. It brings a serious sense of zen to the room, and lemongrass’ scent is a known de-stresser and can even help with feelings of anxiety.
If you fancy your own moment of zen, The Botanical Candlemaker candles start at £20 and are available here
I’m not sure I’ve ever used hand cream more than I have during the past four months. Constant hand washing and sanitising is a nightmare for skin, and obviously keeping hands as clean as possible is everyone’s highest concern. I’ve got my first nail appointment since March next week, and so that I can go in with hands which look (somewhat) presentable, I’ve been relying on D’Alchemy’s Spectacular Hand Therapy.
Packaged in a rather pretty pink tube, the Hand Therapy is small enough to slip into my handbag or pouch for on-the-go use. My hands get dry at the best of times, but the Spectacular Hand Therapy has been an absolute lifesaver! A beautifully rich and nourishing formula, D’Alchemy’s ingredients include Damask rose and witch hazel for serious hydration. The cream itself smells incredible thanks to the mix of essential oils which include sandalwood, mandarin and grapefruit – it’s light and fresh, and honestly, I’d wear it as a perfume if I could! In times like these especially, the Spectacular Hand Therapy is a must!
D’Alchemy Spectacular Hand Therapy is priced at £29 and is available here.