Grown Alchemist Soothing Body Gel-Lotion

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I’ve said before, that I’m trying to nurture as many good habits as possible during this lockdown period. Not only do I have so much time on my hands, but I’ve also been trying to de-stress, so really, it’s a win-win.

I picked up Grown Alchemist’s Soothing Body Gel-Lotion a couple of weeks before everything went crazy, and honestly, I’d popped it in the cupboard and kind of forgot about it. Thankfully, I’ve been using the time for some major clearing out, and I dug this out. It’s gorgeous! Not only a I a little bit in love with the sleek packaging, but the Gel-lotion is like nothing I’ve used before!

Smoothed on post-shower, it’s lighter than your regular body lotion, sinking in pretty much instantly. It smells absolutely divine – super fresh and herbal, it feels like it was made for Spring!

Designed to soothe and hydrate skin, it’s perfect if you’ve been out in the sun a little too long, and it leaves you feeling super nourished.

Grown Alchemist Soothing Body Lotion-Gel is priced at £47 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Cooking with Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Frying Pan*

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One of my very first ‘major’ hoe purchases, back when I was at university and preparing to move into my first proper apartment was a Le Creuset cast iron frying pan. It’s a huge blue one, and even though I bought it over ten years ago, I still use it weekly, and I can’t even begin to guess how many meals it’s produced over the years. By far it’s my most-used kitchen item, and in the years since, I’ve added a few more pieces to the family, with a dutch oven, more pans and pots, and I absolutely adore each and every one.

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The newest addition to my collection is the Signature Cast Iron Frying Pan in the stunning new shade ‘meringue’. The most divine soft putty-beige, it’s a beautifully chic neutral, which would look incredible in every type and colour of kitchen. Unlike my original purchase, which, if I’m honest can be a bit heavy once it’s full, the Signature Cast Iron Frying Pan is easier to move around the kitchen, and clever features, like the lip on each side of it, makes using it an absolute dream.

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I’ve been using it for everything from omelettes to curries, and I’m absolutely delighted each and every time. Unlike other pots and pans, Le Creuset’s frying pan is made from a single cast iron piece, and as a result, the pan can withstand any cooking temperatures. you can think of. So, whether you tend to cook on the hob, or induction stovetop, or you need to pop your dish under the grill to brown and crisp toppings, or even place it in the oven to bake your supper, the pan comes right out looking brand new.

The interior of the pan is coated with Le Creuset’s specialist satin black enamel finish. Extremely durable and easy to clean, it won’t peel or rub away, and it even encourages the caramelisation of food, so your dishes taste even better than normal. Crucially, the interior lining means you don’t need to worry about ‘seasoning’ the iron, instead, I just wash by hand after each use, then pop away in the cupboard.

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If you’re looking for a little treat to enjoy during this weird period, where, if you’re anything like me, you’re cooking even more than normal – this Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Frying Pan is ideal!

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To go alongside such a gorgeous pan, I couldn’t resist this adorable silicon heart cool tool. Part of the brand’s Valentines collection, it adds a subtle  bit of colour into the kitchen, and it’s super handy too! You can use it for everything from a countertop protector, to a grip to easily open stubborn jars!

Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Frying Pan is priced at £125 and is available here

Le Creuset Signature Heart Cool Tool is priced at £15 and is available here

G.Tox Ultimate Dry Brush

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With at least another three weeks of lockdown ahead of me, I’ve been trying to use this weird period of time as productively as possible. It feels like every inch of the house has been sorted, cleaned and organised, and alphabetised, I’ve been able to read a few books from my ‘pending’ pile, and pick up a few hobbies again. I’ve also started dry-brushing every morning, in the attempts to encourage lymphatic drainage and enjoy a bit of exfoliation.

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Each morning, before hopping into the shower, I’ve been taking a few minutes to enjoy a thorough body brushing. Using long upward strokes, pointing towards the heart, it’s an easy way to enjoy a little self-care, and it feels absolutely amazing. Even though the bristles on the G.Tox Brush are quite stiff, so they don’t scratch skin. Instead it’s made from cactus bristles which won’t damage skin.

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Specially shaped so you can reach awkward angles, the G.Tox Dry Brush is a perfect addition to my morning routine. Ideally, Goop recommends that you spend three to five minutes body-brushing, and from the first treatment you can feel the difference. It’s a great pre-tanning treat as skin feels silky soft, and it’s pried for some post-shower moisturising.

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Goop G.Tox Ultimate Dry Brush is priced at £18 and is available here

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel

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With at least three more weeks of lock-down ahead of us, there’s never been a better time to get your skincare regime into order, right in time for Spring. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been really examining my stash, rooting out old and new favourites, and clearing out all the bits I’m never going to get round to using.

One of the finds I’ve rediscovered is Mario Badescu’s Enzyme Cleansing Gel. A light, fresh cleanser which leaves skin cleansed, but not squeaky-clean or dried, it’s perfect to use as an evening option. Paired with warm water and a clean flannel, the Enzyme Cleansing Gel is infused with Papaya and Grapefruit, whose AHAs gently exfoliate skin, leaving it soft and clear without drying it out.

The formula really eradicates makeup easily, meaning it’s a great choice for one-step cleansing on light makeup days!

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel is priced at £10.95 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara*

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It’s been a good couple of weeks since I’ve even thought about wearing mascara, but it’s always nice to have something to look forward to. If you’re in the mood to treat yourself to a little treat to enjoy once life gets back to ‘normal’ then Fenty’s new Fun Frontal Mascara is a good bet.

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As you might expect from the brand, this mascara packs a punch. Designed to give lashes volume, with lift and curl, this this a mascara that’s made to be noticed. Definitely not for just throwing on (I’ve worn it to the gym, and it didn’t end too well) this is the perfect choice for evenings when you want a bit of extra drama.

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Rather ingeniously, Fenty Beauty’s Full Frontal Mascara, has redesigned the mascara wand – one side is big and bushy, to give lashes a dramatic sweep, full of volume, whilst the other side combs through the lashes, leaving them long and fluttery. It’s a dramatic effect, which is perfect for faking that wide-eyed look. I love it paired with a little liner and taupe eyeshadow for an upgrade to my usual day look. If you’re after something a little more dramatic, the mascara builds easily, without caking or flaking, and I love how opaque and black the formula is.

Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara is priced at £21 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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