We might be hitting the tail end of summer, but I’m not quite ready to embrace the pale yet. This summer I’ve been lucky enough to try out a whole range of products, and the latest in my trials has been St Tropez’ Pre Shower Tan. Designed to be used on dry skin, I apply direct to skin using a St Tropez mitt, leave it for a minute or two to ‘take’ then simply shower as normal. It feels weird showering off a product I’ve just put on, but the results couldn’t be better!
As the day goes on, a light, super-natural looking tan develops, and crucially, it doesn’t stain clothes or have the usual biscuity smell. It’s an absolute lifesaver if you’re heading out after work, or if you’ve left your tan until the last minute. The tan is also incredibly buildable, so you can apply as many mornings as you like, until you reach your desired shade – simple!
St Tropez Pre Shower Tan is priced at £ and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to makeup tools, I’m a believer in quality over quantity. I can count on one hand the number of brushes I use on a daily basis (currently 2, and if I’m feeling fancy, 3), so a brush has to be really good to get into my daily rotation. Two new additions? The fabulous new duo recently released by Fenty Beauty. They’re the first tools I’ve tried from the brand, and I have to say – I’m impressed.
The tapered blending brush is an absolute dream for creating blended eye looks. I use mine almost daily to create subtle day looks. Like all the brushes from Fenty Beauty, they are completely vegan, using super-soft acrylic bristles. I’m also in love with the dusky pink colour of them – they’re absolute beauties!
Fenty Beauty Tapered Blending Brush is priced at £20 and are available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to skincare, I’m all about hydration. For me, skin looks best when it’s fresh and dewy, and since my own tends to get dry, I’m constantly looking for ways to hydrate and nourish. One product I’ve had my eye on for a while has been Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm – a thick moisturiser which promises to provide 24 hour hydration especially formulated for dry skin types.
Packaged in one of the brand’s chic jars, the Facial Deep Moisture Balm is a real marmite product – you’re either going to adore it or hate it thanks to the super-rich, buttery texture. I don’t think I’ve ever used a product which is so thick before – the closest thing I can think of is Creme de la Mer, who recommend you warm the product on fingertips, and then press in. I follow the same method with Kiehl’s version – pressing it into clean, dry skin.
Formulated with Edelweiss Flower Extract and Antarcticine Glycerine Extract, this is a cream to enjoy on days where you skin feels like it needs some loving. The texture of the cream feels incredibly indulgent to use, and despite being so thick, it melts into skin, leaving it looking and feeling wonderfully hydrated – not greasy or sticky. I’ve not been using it every day – my skin has been fine recently, so I’ve been using it twice a week, but as we move into autumn and winter, I can see myself reaching for it on a daily basis.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm is priced at £24.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
When it comes to working from home, there are a whole lot of advantages. Blog appointment at noon on a Tuesday? I’m there. My commute consists of walking to the study, and I can work at times which suit me. But perhaps the biggest luxury of them all is the fact that I get to work how I want. I get to choose my computer, my desk, my hours etc, and the effect is that I get to be way more effective. One of these little luxury, is also getting to burn candles as I work away. More often than not, these are fresh citrus or white flower scented, but recently, I’ve fallen in love with Illume’s Boulangerie Candle Jars.
Packaged in the most gorgeous little clay pots, these candles look as wonderful as they smell. I just adore the delicate illustrations on the front – they look gorgeous on my desk – which is a good thing, because each candle burns for hours on end. Made of food-grade ingredients like coconut wax and essential oils, the candles burn completely cleanly. There is no soot or smut, instead, it just scents the whole house with the most glorious scents. Lavender Shortbread is my first, and it’s a wonderfully warm, slightly sweet scent, perfect for brightening up dull days. I’ve got my eye on the full line-up, with scents like Espresso and Sweet Vanilla Cinnamon, you can’t blame me!
Illume Boulangerie Candles are priced at £16 and are available here
When it comes to cucumber beauty products, they’re usually all about cooling, calming and soothing skin. Which Nugg’s offering does, but it has the added benefit of also deep-cleansing skin, leaving it looking bright and healthy. And after all, is that what we’re all after?
Packaged in Nugg’s signature pod packaging, this is perfect for throwing into a beauty bag when travelling, or for using when skin is feeling a little blah. The mask has been designed to deeply cleanse skin, leaving it feeling squeaky clean. This isn’t a mask you want to use the night before a big event – since it’s so effective, it can bring some imperfections to the surface. Instead, time it for about a week before, so you’ll be clear and glowing.
Nugg Deep Cleansing Mask is priced at £3.95 and is available here (UK) and here (US)