Obviously the past year has been rough on hands. From continued washing through to slapping on vats of sanitiser, I don’t think my hands have ever felt more in need of some TLC. With salons closed since Christmas, I’ve not even been able to enjoy my fortnightly manicure, so I’ve had to really up my hand care routine.
I’ve found the easiest way to keep on top of everything is to use products which are as effective as they are gorgeous to use, and one of my favourites has been Australian BodyCare’s Tea Tree Oil Hand Cream. With a formula made up with hydrating shea butter, argan oil and 1% tea tree oil, it’s wonderfully nourishing, and leaves hands feeling silky soft. Thanks to the tea tree oil, the cream smells absolutely beautiful, and I’ve been keeping mine at my desk so I can reach for it all day long.
Australian BodyCare Tea Tree Oil Hand Cream is priced at £10 and is available here
When it comes to my lockdown beauty routine, less is most definitely more. On a daily basis, I feel like I’m dressed up if I’m wearing mascara, and the only days when you’ll find me with a full face of makeup on, are when I’ve got Zoom meetings on the calendar. I’m quite enjoying the opportunity to give my skin a rest, and embrace an easy daily routine.
Despite the fact that I’m taking a more casual approach to my daily makeup routine, I always feel 100 times better when I’ve got a little makeup on. This usually boils down to brow gel, a bit of eye liner and bronzer and some lip balm, and Pixi’s new +Rose Lip Nourisher has quickly become a most-reached for product.
Completely vegan, the balm hydrates lips whilst also giving a subtle tint and sheen. It’s exactly what I’ve been needing, as the colour is so pretty and subtle, it’s perfect for casual days and natural makeup looks. With a hydrating rose-infused treatment core, the balm works to soften lips, and thanks to the pretty, sheer texture of the balm, you can even use it as a sheer cream blush if you’re in need of a little pep.
Pixi +Rose Lip Nourisher is priced at £10 and is available +Rose Lip Nourisher (UK)
When it comes to things I didn’t think I’d do in lockdown, developing a pasta-by-mail habit was one of them. Previously I’d been unconvinced that you could enjoy restaurant-quality dining at home, but happily, I’ve been proven (very) wrong by Pasta Evangelists.
With a menu which changes weekly, we’ve really enjoyed oohing and aching over all the different pastas, sauces and even desserts which are on offer, and we’ve been able to enjoy dishes which are completely new to use too! Last week we fell in love with this lemon and mozzarella ravioli which made us feel like we were on the Amalfi Coast, rather than battling the snow at home.
As if the pasta dishes weren’t glorious enough, Pasta Evangelists also run a range of great offers if you’re looking to try a dish or two. Just use the code LUXE-SPRITZ and you will receive the cutest Aperol Gift Box which makes the perfect pre-supper treat.
With everything you need to make the perfect aperitif, we treated ourselves to one on a cold Friday evening, and honestly, it was the perfect start to the weekend!
One of my little pre-COVID-19 rituals which I seriously miss, is my once a month visit to Edinburgh’s Zen Lifestyle for a microdermabrasion session which left my skin feeling brand new. I’ve been trying to replicate the feeling at home, so it felt like perfect timing when Ole Henriksen sent over their brand new Lemonade Smoothing Scrub.
Coming right in time for spring, the scrub is completely vegan, and is designed to instantly retexturize skin, reduce the appearance of pores, and soften skin. Using a mix of chemical and physical exfoliants, it’s an absolute joy to use, with a slushy consistency which is unlike any other scrub I’ve tried.
Obviously, it smells amazing thanks to the mix of lemon and sugar, and my skin absolutely loves it too. Even though it can get dry and sensitised, I’ve found it needs a good exfoliation, and this is it! I love the mix of grit and tingle. With the lemon in the formula, it smells absolutely beautiful, and the zesty scent is also the perfect way to wake up in the morning! Once I’ve exfoliated, I make sure to use a hydrating serum and moisturiser to really get the full benefit of the scrub, and my skin feels so happy for it!
Ole Henriksen Lemonade Soothing Scrub is priced at £25 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
As someone with dry, sensitised skin, the current cold snap we’re experiencing is pretty much a nightmare. Too much time spent outdoors in chilly temperatures leaves skin red and sore, whilst huddling inside with the heating up at full blast can leave my skin feeling parched. So, I’m always on the look out for ways to calm and hydrate my skin, without leaving it feeling overwhelmed.
Katherine Daniels has come to my absolute rescue recently with her gorgeous Rehydrating Concentrate. Designed to rehydrate skin in both the short and long-term, the concentrate even works as a pollution shield, so if you’re out and about in a city, it’s a godsend. I’ve been using it for a little bit now, and have been absolutely loving the results. After cleansing in the shower, I pat my skin dry and use about half a pipette’s worth, smoothing it all over my face and neck. I then lock in the goodness with a rich moisturiser, and carry on with my routine as normal. It leaves skin super soft and nourished, and it stops the 3pm parched feeling I sometimes get at this time of year. The formula is filled with great for skin ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Seaweed Extract and Mushroom Extract which firm and moisturise, whilst Chamomile and a Moisturising Complex of Glycerine, Serine, and Trehalose calms the skin.
Katherine Daniels Rehydrating Serum is priced at £45 and is available here.