If there’s something I really don’t need, it’s another lipgloss. Last month I actually went through my stash, plucking out the tubes which had gone off, were not quite-right colour-wise, or were looking a bit shabby and I filled up a carrier bag in record time. It was equal parts calming and horrifying, and I pledged that I would not buy another gloss unless it was completely perfect.
And that’s where Pat McGrath Labs’ Lust Gloss in Love Potion comes in.
It’s genuinely one of the most glorious lip glosses I think I’ve ever seen. A cool toned pinky nude shot through with a subtle gold glitter, this is one of those products I want to go out and buy 10 of, just so I’m sure I’ll never be without it.
Each tube of gloss is a generous size, and it feels wonderfully luxe to use. The formula itself is rich, and almost gel-like, and not too sticky like other glosses. It’s got a subtle sweet vanilla scent, and it wears well on the lips. I easily got about two hours before reapplying, and it feels rich and nourishing to wear. Unlike other nude glosses, Pat McGrath Labs’ doesn’t leave you with corpse lips – there’s enough pink in there to keep it flattering, and I’ve been piling it on everywhere from the gym to nights out!
Pat McGrath Labs Lust Gloss in Love Potion is priced at £25 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to day-to-day living, for the past year or so, I’ve been pretty non-stop. From work, blogging and regular admin, it can feel like I don’t really have any time to switch off. Over the past few weeks I’ve really been trying to incorporate a little more self-care into my schedule.
One of the easiest (and certainly most delicious) changes to my regime has been enjoying a cup of Eteaket’s new Limited Edition Nettle & Petal Loose Leaf Tea. If you’re from Edinburgh, you’ll know that Eteaket is one of the city’s icons – producing high quality teas which range from Matchas to your regular morning brew. They also work on customer feedback, producing limited editions, which is exactly where Nettle & Petal comes in.
A mix of the brand’s much loved Chillaxin’ Chamomile with Nettle – this loose leaf tea is a perfect choice for evening sipping – and I’ve been enjoying a cup before bed most nights. Packaged in a gorgeous and sturdy cardboard tube, this would make a gorgeous addition to any gift hampers you might be planning, and it looks stunning in the kitchen cabinet too!
As you can see – the tea couldn’t be purer. Unlike some supermarket brands, Eteaket’s offerings don’t bother with dusty fillers – instead this one if full of vibrant chamomile flowers and leafy nettles. From the moment you unwrap the leaves, you can smell the sweet, almost musky scent, and you only need a generous heaped teaspoon per cup.
Eteaket very kindly popped a packet of their plastic-free, unbleached tea bags which you can fill yourself, and I’m kind of obsessed. Each night, I pop a teaspoon of the leaves in one of the bags, knot them, and then fill up with just-boiled water, and leave to steep for around five minutes. The resulting cup is wonderfully comforting – it’s a gentle flavour which doesn’t lean too floral or green. I love how it relaxing it feels to enjoy before heading to bed – chamomile promotes a better night’s sleep, whilst nettle has anti-inflammatory properties, so it leaves you feeling as good as it tastes!
Eteaket Nettle and Petal Tea is priced at £7.95 and is available here.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve developed something of a spinning habit. It’s not something I’ve done too much of before, but getting to peddle away in a dark room, whilst music blasts feels a little like meditation – and despite being thoroughly convinced I’m going to topple off my bike each class, it never happens, and by the end of the class I feel pretty much invincible. The classes also leave me looking like I’ve jumped into a pool fully clothed, so I’ve been looking for ways to keep my skin clear, and Alteya Organics Rose Water is a must-have member of my post-class kit.
Perfect for soothing and cooling – once I’m out of the class, I use a foaming cleanser to clear any dirt and sweat, then douse my skin with a few spritzes of the Rose Spray. It smells glorious, and thanks to its antioxidant properties, it works wonders to cut redness and soothe skin. It also balances the skin’s pH levels, and you can use even use it as a toner if you’re after a gentler option. Alteya’s Organic Bulgarian Rosewater is 100% pure and natural, which means it doesn’t irritate the skin, and it’s also a gorgeous setting spray, which leaves makeup looking naturally dewy, and keeps it in place for hours.
Alteya’s Organic Bulgarian Rosewater is also super affordable – it’s only £7.20 and is available here.
When I was younger, hair accessories were my thing. I had boxes of them, lovingly sorted into slides, clips, barrettes, bows and flowers. There wasn’t a day I went out without something clipped in, but somewhere between school, extra curriculars, and general growing up, I left them behind. As a rule I’m not the glitziest dresser – I don’t tend towards patterns, bright colours or embellishments, but I’ve been loving the recent trend towards the statement hair accessory.
They make even the simplest outfit look considered – whether I’m wearing a shirt or sweatshirt, a statement barrette slid into a ponytail makes it look like I’ve put in far more effort than I actually have. If you’re not ready to launch fully into the statement look, a subtle tortoiseshell slide looks chic, and I love adding a little colour with pink resin options. For evening I’ve been absolutely loving the pearly clips. Over-sized and a little whimsical, they add a dash of glamour without too much effort.
Will you be wearing hair accessories this summer?
When it comes to getting my summer glow on, my must-have product is always a killer bronzer. Naturally I’m pretty fair, I take a good 10 days to develop any sort of tan, and I’m so scared of sun damage, I’ve not sunbathed in nigh-on a decade. So, as you might imagine, a good bronzer is a very prized member of my makeup bag.
When I attended the Boots launch of Fenty Beauty a few weeks back, I couldn’t resist picking up one of the Sun Stalk’r bronzers. A chic mirrored compact, available in eight shades which run the gamut from tan to dark, so, as you’d expect from the brand, most skin tones are going to be able to find their perfect bronze.
I picked up Private Island, which in all honesty, is probably a touch dark for me at the moment. A warm-toned bronze, there’s no shimmer which will leave you looking like a glitter ball, instead it’s completely matte, so the colour it gives looks surprisingly believable.
Since it’s a bit deeper than my normal bronzer, I’ve been using a light hand when it comes to the Fenty offering. the formula itself is super soft, and can feel almost creamy when you swatch it with a finger. The result is that it buffs beautifully into skin, leaving a natural looking glow behind. It’s not a cakey or heavy-looking powder – it disappears into skin, making it look absolutely flawless.
The wear-time of the Sun Stalk’r powders is seriously impressive – I look the same at the end of the day as I did when I applied it. It leaves skin with a pretty satin finish, and it cuts down on unwanted shine, so you’re left looking glowy rather than greasy.
Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r bronzers are priced at £23 each and are available here (UK) and here (US)