When it comes to unexpected favourites, Christophe Robin’s Cleansing Volumizing Paste is right up there for me. I had received a mini pot of the stuff as a gift with purchase a year or two ago, and it had languished at the back of my travel bag ever since. I wasn’t convinced that a clay shampoo would be a good idea, but in the midst of lockdown with nothing to lose I gave it a go. And I fell completely in love.
Probably one of the French hairdresser’s most iconic products, the paste is like no shampoo I’d ever tried. A gritty brown paste which smells 100 times better than it looks, you only need the tiniest finger full to enjoy the best results. Applied to wet hair, it foams up like a dream, and it smells deeply of roses. It’s such an unexpected change from what you see in the jar, and once it’s on my hair I leave it on for a few minutes, to let the formula work its magic. Then after showering out and following up with a conditioner, I blow dry and style my hair as normal. I can’t tell you the difference using the Volumizing Paste (alongside a handful of other Christophe Robin products). Silicon and sulphate free, my hair hasn’t felt this healthy in years, and it’s so much softer and smoother than it was before. My hair feels like it’s got so much more bounce when I’m using it.
Christophe Robin’s Cleansing Volumizing Paste is priced at £40 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to skincare, I don’t think you can underestimate the value of a great facial spritz. They’re one of my most reached-for products, and I love using them on both bare skin, and once I’ve got makeup on, and there’s nothing better than a quick spritz during the day.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been loving Heritage Store’s Rosewater & Glycerin. A generous 237ml, the formula is formulated to be the ultimate skin hydrator. With Rosewater, Glycerine and Vor-Mag Water (which has been magnetised and ‘vortexed’ to increase its energy and vibration) it’s perfect for skin like mine, which always appreciates a hit of hydration. After cleansing in the morning, I give my face a quick spray when I’m coming out the shower, then, once I’ve moisturised, and applied my makeup, I follow up with another spritz. It stops makeup from looking too heavy or feeling too cake-y and I always feel like it makes powder formulas look way more natural too!
Heritage Store Rosewater & Glycerine is priced at £10.99 and is available here.
When it comes to habits, over the past year or so, I’ve been basically religious about applying body lotions in the morning and evening. It was something I used to be pretty inconsistent with, but over the months, I’ve really noticed a positive difference. As with everything, I’ve found that I need a richer texture for areas like my legs, so when I came across the Pure Lakes brand, I could wait to give them a go!
Designed for sensitive skin which needs a little extra TLC, the brand was founded back in 2006, and has always been based out of the Lake District. With plant-based formulas and eco-friendly thinking behind it, the products are as planet friendly as they are indulgent – so there’s no need to feel guilty when you enjoy a bit of self care.
The Shea Body Butter is one of the brand’s most indulgent products. Scented with the essential oils of Mimosa and Pettigrain, you can use the butter from neck to toes, so it’s perfect for enjoying after an evening shower. I’ve been loving using the butter on my legs, and it’s the best thing to use post-shaving! As it warms with body heat, it softens into the skin, leaving skin feeling super soft and smelling heavenly!
Pure Lakes Mimosa & Petitgrain Shea Body Butter is priced at £16 and is available here.
When I say I don’t need another eyeshadow, it’s not an understatement. I have literal drawers-full of palettes which I try my best to rotate through, but despite my horde, I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect subtle pink shade for months. Something pretty, but not over-the-top, a little sheeny without feeling too full-on, so, when I caught sight of Charlotte Tilbury’s Charlotte’s Jewel Pot in Pillow Talk, I couldn’t resist.
Packaged in the prettiest little pot, complete with faceted lid, the shadow sits somewhere between a pressed pigment and a cream shadow. There’s a generous amount of product, and considering I only use a small swipe per application, I can see this featuring in my daily makeup picks for a while to come! Applied to clean lids with my finger, the shadow gives a perfect veil of shimmering pink, which brings warmth to the eyes, rather than looking irritated (always my fear when playing with pinks).
The finish is perfectly subtle and lasts all day long without creasing or separating. I love how cooling the formula feels to apply, and it’s full of great-for-skin ingredients including Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, Argan Oil, Macadamia and Rosehip Oils. Despite the fact I bought it for day-to-day use, it’s easy to build the shadow up to create a more dramatic effect, which is so much fun to wear, especially now that we’re starting to be allowed back out and about in the evenings!
Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Jewel Pot in Pillow Talk is priced at £24 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
It’s right about now that I start wanted to Spring Clean my entire life. Drawers and cupboards are getting gutted as we speak, and I’m asking myself if everything I own ‘sparks joy’. I love the feeling of completing a serious clear out, and the same way I’ve popped winter sweaters to the back of the cupboard, I’ve refreshed my skincare regime. I’ve popped my richest, heaviest creams in my night box, and I’ve been reaching for lighter formulas for day use.
Right in time for this seasonal refresh is TempleSpa’s newest release – Truffle De-Light Hydra-gel Moisturiser. A lighter version of the brand’s iconic Skin Truffle moisturiser, the hydra-gel formula delivers hydration and nourishment to skin, without ever feelings heavy or overwhelming. Perfect as the temperatures start to rise, the formula is beautifully lightweight, yet still delivers a perfect amount of glow. With an ingredients list which features truffle, rose quartz and Happybelle-PE™ which helps to brighten dull, lacklustre skin, the Truffle De-Light feels like the perfect spring and summer moisturiser. You only need a single press per application, and the gel leaves skin feeling perfectly cooled, smooth and perfected. TempleSpa call it a drink for the skin, and I couldn’t agree more!
TempleSpa Truffle De-Light is priced at £90 and is available here.