I’m not sure about you, but winter sees me hop in the bath almost nightly. There’s not much which feels better than warming up after a busy day in a piping hot bath. From catching up on my reading, to finding new podcasts to enjoy, the 20-30 minutes I spend soaking away always leaves me feeling brand new. So, when L’Occitane En Provence sent over their Honey Harvest Bath Pearls, I wanted to run a bath there and then.
A limited edition release for Christmas, the pearls come individually packaged, so they’re perfect if you’re jetting off over the festive period, or if you’re visiting family and want to ensure a little ‘you’ time during the break. The pearls are beautifully iridescent and leave the water shimmering and delicately scented with the warmth and sweetness of honey. It’s a real treat for cold winter nights, and I’ve already stocked up on a few of the sachets to take with me on my travels so I can enjoy a little luxury on the go!
L’Occitane en Provence Honey Harvest Bath Pearls are priced at £4 per sachet and they’re available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to festive beauty, I’m all about a little extra shine. From glossy lips to glitzy eyes, everything looks a whole lot better when it’s got a bit of gleam. When Bobbi Brown sent over their limited edition Luxe Eye Shadow Rich Gemstone in Opal Moonstone, I couldn’t have been more excited.
I’m pretty picky when it comes to eyeshadows – on a daily basis, I rotate through a rainbow of cool-toned neutrals, and I love to amp things up a little for evenings out. Since I tend to favour monochromatic looks, I love playing with texture – which is exactly where Bobbi Brown’s Luxe Shadow Rich Gemstone in Opal Moonstone comes in. A warm-toned neutral pink, it’s basically skin-toned on me, so it works beautifully to add light and sheen to eyes.
Buffed entirely over the lid, Opal Moonstone is a wash of reflective light which looks absolutely beautiful when paired with my regular low-key makeup looks. Amplified by a dark brown liner, it makes creating a flattering look incredibly easy, and I love it as an easy transformer for day-to-night looks. On evenings when I’m feeling a little braver, and experimenting with a darker, smokier eye, Opal Moonstone brings some much needed light and shine. Buffed into the inner corners of the eyes and across the brow bone, it gives a real sense of grown-up glamour, perfect for the Christmas party circuit.
As if the colour and finish of the eyeshadow wasn’t glorious enough, the texture of the shadow is absolutely dream. Smooth, and almost creamy in consistency, the shadow is as beautifully applied with a brush as it is with a finger. When I was a diffused glow, I buff the shadow in using a Bobbi Brown shadow brush, and when I want a more intense finish, I use my finger to apply. I’ve also found that buffing a little of the shadow over the top of my regular neutral shades gives a beautifully twinkly finish, which feels tailor-made for the Christmas period!
Bobbi Brown’s Luxe Eye Gemstone Shadow in Opal Moonstone is priced at £27 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
If your Christmas shopping has started in earnest, it’s easy to get caught up and shopped-out. Whenever I’m buying gifts for people, I want them to be something special, as well as something that will be reached-for year round, and when it comes to beauty gifts, I don’t think you can go far wrong with Slip’s Pure Silk Skinny Scrunchies Bauble.
Packaged in a dinky pink plastic bauble, it features four of the brand’s iconic silk skinny scrunchies in a choice of four gorgeous neutrals. If you (or your intended recipient) hasn’t jumped back on the scrunchie bus this year – you’re missing out. Gentler on hair than normal elastics, the use of silk eases breakage, and ups moisture levels, meaning your hair stays healthier and shinier for longer. This year I’ve entirely abandoned going to bed in an elastic, instead I’ve bought a handful of these silk options, and I’ve already noticed a difference.
The Slip Bauble’s scrunchies are a selection of four gorgeous colours – I wear the black one pretty much daily, as it looks smart with my regular winter wardrobe of black sweaters. I’m also a real fan of the dusky pink, which feels beautifully feminine, and injects a subtle pop of colour into my otherwise monochrome winter wardrobe.
Slip Pure Silk Skinny Scrunchies Bauble is priced at £25 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to winter skincare, keeping skin soft and hydrated is always my number one priority. When the temperatures drop, the temptation to cover up and not think about your arms and legs until Spring feels overwhelming, but L’Occitane has made keeping skin healthy an absolute treat thanks to their Ultra Rich Body Cream. Formulated with 25% pure Shea Butter, this is heavy-duty option for days when your skin needs a little extra TLC.
A tub of the Ultra Rich Body Cream has been on my list for a while – if you’ve read this blog before, you’ll know my skin errs towards the drier end of the spectrum, and in winter, it gets worse than normal. So, when L’Occitane en Provence sent over a few bits from their stunning Christmas collection, it took quite a lot of self-control not to get fully stuck into the very festively decorated tub!
Coming in a generously-sized 200ml tub, the cream has a super-thick, almost solid consistency thanks to the high levels of Shea Butter in the formula. I’ve been loving the cream in the evenings before heading to bed. After having my evening bath or shower, Dry off, then work the moisturiser into my hands, arms and legs before hopping into bed. It’s probably the richest, most nourishing cream I’ve tried, and it’s perfect for combatting winter skin. I really adore the soft, almost baby powder scent, and I can really see the difference in my skin since I’ve started using it. Dry patches are a thing of the past, and my skin feels so much healthier too!
L’Occitane en Provence Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream is priced at £34 and is available #
When a product has magic in the title, I’m the first one to give it a bit of side-eye. I mean, how good a product need to be to get the title in there? Well, in Egyptian Magic’s case it’s well deserved. A multi-use product packaged in a bit of a retro tub, one of the product’s tricks is finding something it can’t be used for.
I first tried the stuff back when I was working in Dubai – it was sitting at the back of the beauty closet gathering dust and I couldn’t resist giving it a go. A rich, almost waxy balm, the formula melts on contact with the skin, and it smells faintly of honey and olive oil. Designed to moisturise, nourish and protect skin, Egyptian Magic is made up exclusively of six of nature’s most powerful healing ingredients (Olive Oil, Bees Wax, Honey, Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Bee Propolis & Divine Love) and it’s perfect for skin that’s sensitive or reactive.
On a daily basis, I use Egyptian Magic for everything from hand cream (my hands get super dry at this time of year) to lip balm, if my skin is freaking out, or I feel like a moisture hit, a layer of the balm also leaves everything feeling calmed and nourished. Thanks to those powerful healing ingredients, you can apply a little of the Egyptian Magic to scars to help them fade, and patted into the skin, it even works as an amazing highlighter, which makes it look like you’re glowing from the inside out! I’m not surprised it’s got such a cult following – Kate Hudson swears by the stuff, and it’s one of those secret makeup artist tricks used backstage at catwalk shows.
Egyptian Magic is priced at £29 and is available here (UK) and here (US)