Over the past few weeks, Scotland has had, undoubtedly the best spring for years. Weeks of bright blue skies and soaring temperatures have been blissful to enjoy our allocated walks along the beach and get some much-needed sunshine. The result has been a hint of a tan, and, for the first time in years, I’ve got a smattering of freckles, which I’m very happy about. The one issue is that, before I tan, I go pink, which is where Dr. Jart+’s Cicapair Tiger Grass Camo Drops come in.
A few drops of the Camo Drops, rubbed in after applying my moisturiser are the easiest way to neutralise redness and calm skin. Perfect, if like me, you’re a low-coverage kind of a gal, these drops have SPF 20, so they’re great for using pre-walk, and within only a minute or two of applying, my skin looks and feels much more calm and looks more even. The main ingredient at work is Tiger Grass – an ancient Chinese remedy renowned for its anti-inflammatory and ultra-hydrating properties – perfect for treating sun-stressed skin. After blending the Camo Drops – I just apply my Skin Tint as normal, and I’m good to go! The effects of the drops last all day long – and I love the fact that not only do they nourish your skin, but they protect it too!
Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Camo Drops are priced at £31 and are available here (UK) and here (US)
Since it’s a bit of a tense period at the moment (understatement of the century), I’ve been loving products which bring a sense of calm – even if it lasts for only a few minutes. When they’re eco-friendly, and Uber-luxurious to boot, it feels like an added extra, and those reasons are exactly why I’ve fallen in love with Yardley’s English Lavender Soaps.
The bars themselves are pleasingly chunky, and even in their box, you can smell the lavender from a mile off. Super clean and clear, it’s a perfect evening product to help me relax and unwind before heading to bed. Truly, it had been a while since I’d used soap rather than a shower gel, but Yardley’s offering gives such a rich foam, it’s enough to leave the shower gel behind forever! The scent fills the whole bathroom, leaving it feel more like a spa than an en-suite, and skin feels fresh but not dried out after using it. Even better, once I’m out the shower, I can still smell the lavender hours later – perfect for guaranteeing a great night’s sleep!
Yardley English Lavender soap is priced at £7.99 and is available here
When it comes to healthy habits, there isn’t much better than incorporating a healthy breakfast into your routine. Honestly, I’m not someone who tends to get hungry in the morning, but over the past few months, I’ve been trying to incorporate a healthy morning meal or fruit smoothie to get the day started off right.
One of the easiest and heartiest meals I like to have in the morning is some Greek yoghurt with a little granola. It’s something which takes only seconds to assemble, and it keeps me going until well into the afternoon. To keep things interesting, I love to add a little something each morning – berries, banana, and now I’ve discovered Yacon Viva’s organic Cacao Nibs, they’ve become an integral part of my breakfast routine.
Injecting a great dose of crunch, and an indulgent hit of chocolate, are perfect to add to my granola. The nibs have no added sugar, and they’re completely natural too. Vegan-friendly, as well as gluten free, they also work well on top of smoothies too!
Yacon Viva Cacao Nibs are priced at £9.99 and are available here
Sundays are a day to get everything together and prepare for the week ahead. I’m not sure that there’s any feeling better than heading to bed on a Sunday evening with that to-do list checked off, and all your plans for the week laid out ahead of you. Obviously, at the moment, those plans are more ‘clean out the garage’ than ‘meetings with X or Y’ but hopefully we’re heading towards a little more normalcy (fingers crossed). I’ve definitely been feeling more anxious since March, so I’ve been introducing as many positive habits into my routine as possible, and one of my favourites has to be Pollen’s rather adorable Soothe You CBD Gummies.
Suitable for vegans, each of the 6g gummies contains 60mg CBD, and most importantly, they taste delicious – like real gummy sweets rather than those weird vitamins they give to kids. These ones are soft, sweet and full of flavour – you can choose from Grapefruit & Honey, Cherry & Orange or Strawberry & Citrus, and truly, it’s hard to pick a favourite. Although you can enjoy up to three in a day, I really only felt the need to have one per day to keep me feeling balanced. There’s no after-taste or a hint that these are anything other than a sweet treat, in fact, I loved this starter pack so much, that I went ahead and order the full-sized 30 packet.
Pollen Soothe You Gummies are priced at £35 for 30 and are available here (UK)
I’ve mentioned before, that I’m using this period of not seeing people, as a bit of a much-needed hair rehab. I have highlights, a few extensions and normally I wash, blow dry and straighten my hair daily, and honestly, it really wasn’t feeling 100%. So, over the past eight weeks, I’ve not so much as looked at my straighteners (although I am still blow-drying daily), so I’ve been on the lookout for a heat spray which protects my hair whilst also leaving it soft, smooth and shiny.
After washing and conditioning, I’ve been spraying a generous few spritzes all over whilst my hair is still wet. The Shine Spray smells incredible – super light and fresh, it’s a really beautiful scent. The spray has a lovely light texture, which means I can use it right up to the root, and then, after a little gentle combing, I can blast my hair dry. The result is hair which, despite not faffing around with a round brush or straighteners is soft and smooth, and the spray really adds a great dose of shine. It’s been such a lifesaver in building up my hair health, and it means ponytails look intentional, rather than a fuzzy mess!
The Hair Boss Semi Permanent Shine Spray is priced at £12.99 and is available here.