After arriving in my late 20's a couple of years back, my drive towards certain scents has changed, and the same can be said for my attention to skincare. I've always been a sucker for roses, they're the closest flower I can get to a peony all year round, but adding a little rose into your beauty regime is the perfect treat for your skin and even your senses!
I'll put my hands up and admit that I still don't put any moisturiser anywhere other than my face and hair, (supped up hair masks and coconut oil counts right?) unless I'm travelling somewhere at either end of the temperature scale. My work days are 16-hours-a-day and 7 days a week, so it's all of the essentials which make their way onto my beauty shelf. This post features just a few of my favourite beauty buys of the moment, that will help transform your skin ready for spring.
Self-facials if you will, are a nightly regime before bed, even if it is 2am and my boyfriend and Designated Survivor (or which ever Netflix series we're engrossed in at the time) are calling my name. My work load does mean I'm in a hot environment, and often with a full face of make up and daily washed and blowdried hair, so when it comes to night time beauty, it's my only 'me time' and so important for me to take some extra care with my skin after clogging up my pores with the reapplication of powder throughout the day.
To take my make up off, it's Simple's Facial Oil, hot water and cotton wool pads. It's one of the few multi-facial cleaners which doesn't leave me with panda eyes come the morning! Two - three times a week, I've started to fall in love with Beauty Pie's Clay Facial Mask which has a slight foamy texture when squeezing it out of its beautifully branded white bottle. My skin is normal-combination, and this is the perfect treat and double-cleanse if my skins feeling a little more on the oily side. Beauty Pie instruct to leave it on for around a minute before rinsing off, but if you're in for a little self-pampering, then leave it on for 5-10 minutes as a face mask, before using a warm damp cloth to remove.
"Want a spa-clean complexion, no appointment necessary? This foamy super clay is like a facial at your fingertips. With oil-absorbing kaolin and montmorillonite clay and microbe-fighting lauric acid, this cleanser will be your new obsession."
Beauty Pie is £10 per month to join and in return you have access to 100's of luxury products at bargain prices, all of which come in the most beautifully designed packaging. Your spending limit is based on the 'RRP' price and not the 'Membership' price so you are slightly limited to how much you can buy in one go. My advice is load your basket up with 1 or two treatment products each month and then treat yourself to mascara's, lip products and their super soft blending brushes, which work well with both powder and liquid based makeup.
Named as Beauty Pie's "Swiss super-serum", this bottle of pale pink goodness soaks straight into your skin. I use 3-4 pumps, which is enough for my face and neck. Using upwards sweeping motions, gently massage and pat into the skin. Beauty Pie recommend using their super serum both day and night. It does have a slight tendency to tighten the skin and moisturiser or facial oil is a must after using this super-serum. I can't quite put my finger on whether or not, it tightening my skin is a good or bad thing, but after becoming a firm go-to for over a week, my skin is feeling slightly more radiant and less oily. It's a great hack for creating the perfect blank canvas for a daily wear of makeup.
"The antioxidant serum is packed with vitamin C-rich Kakadu Plum, regenerating Thymus Peptides and raspberry stem cells fights the aging-effects of free radicals and pollution, and helps visibly reduce fine lines, hydrates, calms and smooths."
'Owner' of a boyfriend that doesn't believe in valentines, as it's one of our busiest times at work, so romance does tend to get thrown out of the window. This makes way for the perfect opportunity for a little guilt tripping and the chance for choosing my own gift. There's a lot to be said for 'designer candles'. Just like some cult beauty products, they've become a social status symbol adorning the shelves of many coffee tables and bathroom shelves. Personally, I'm a sucker for fragrance and very particular in what's burning and when. It can have such a huge impact on my mood and I'm not even ashamed to admit that I definitely have different candles for different moods.
Queue the gilt trip of money being burnt every time my mood needs altering slightly...I actually stopped justifying my need for expensive candles a few years back, just like my need for replacing my macbook every couple of years. It's all about cost per wear, and generally an expensive candle doesn't just boast its punchy price tag because of it's sans-serif logo and pretty glass jar, but in fact, because of the wax and fragrance quality. A good candle won't need to be lit for too long, to do it's thing and fill your room with its scent.
My go-to Diptyque candle is Tuberose, mainly because we used to have one in our styling kit for shoots. We's whip it out and light it every time we were shooting in an old warehouse or cobweb ridden building to add a little luxury to the dreary fitting area. My treat from my boyfriend, that he doesn't know about this valentines is stepping away from my failsafe and trialling this set of 3 miniatures; Roses, Baies and Figuier. This is the most perfect set for anyone who can't just choose one fancy candle to burn, and also makes a great starter for anyone who hasn't yet filled their shelves up with empty candle jars, come makeup brush holders.
Getting ready in the morning is a stretch between having time to make a smoothie and a cup of strong Italian-blend coffee, drying my hair and applying makeup, all before leaving the house. I've now adapted the art of applying my makeup during the car journey on the way to work, or a quick 5 minute paint-on-face the second I walk into the office. Call it over the top if you will, but the same scented candles adorn my office shelves, as my they do my shelves at home. Diptque's Roses is my ultimate get-ready candle.
Jumping between being on my feet for hours on end, to sitting at my desk for days on end, the discovery of self massage tools have been my saviour. This combined with being just over 6ft tall and female has resulted horrendous posture and desperation for weekly massages (which are completely off limits and only a dream). Throw to one side my spiky massage balls for waring away shoulder knots, my new best friend is my rose-quartz facial roller. You can pay anywhere up to £60 for one if you're purchasing from brands such as Herbivore and Omorovicza. However, this little beauty came from Amazon and was a steal for under £5. My assumption was, it's going to do pretty much the same thing, and with my reputation for being clumsy, I'm likely to break or smash it with in weeks of owning it.
Facial rollers are great to use on a daily basis and require little skill to use. They help to stimulate collagen production, slow down wrinkles, increase lymphatic drainage and reduce pore size, all resulting in younger looking and firmer skin, whilst maintaining your facial muscles - who knew! Really it's a nifty at-home-facial that costs less than £5, and when combined with your favourite facial oil and a willing boyfriend to roll provides a night of relaxation.
Facial oils always scared me, as having slightly oily skin, I thought they'd just add to my mid-afternoon shine. However Dermalogica and Laura Mercier have completely blown that theory out of the water. As with beauty serums, don't be put off by the price tag as you'll need very little product to put it to work and see results. I rarely have to replace my facial oils more than once a year, which is always a bonus and means I can keep blowing my beauty-budget on candles.
Dermalogica has been delivering incredible skincare for over 25 years, with a vision of a beauty line free of common irritants and ingredients which would cause skin breakouts. This dewy 'skin defence' works in three phases to strengthen, hydrate and shield for healthy, luminous skin.
I personally apply after cleansing and applying a beauty serum. 2-3 drops in the palm of your hand or finger tips is plenty, and then just gently pat onto your face. The warmth from your fingers will help to blend the oil into your skin. You can either leave it at that and follow with your morning or nightly moisturiser, as this oil is great 15-20 minutes before applying makeup, or, if you're seeking some at home pampering, you can use a face roller to gently massage and absorb all of the feather-light oil deep into your skin.
Another great tip, is to add the oil in with your moisturiser, not only does it save on time as it does two things at once, put it will also make the product go a little bit further.
If the £67.00 price tag is a little out of your budget, Laura Mercier's Flawless Skin is another great go to oil. It's super fast absorbing and leaves your skin with the healthiest of glows. I tend to find that I have to pump out a few more drops than the Dermalogica oil to make it go around my face, but still, it leaves my skin feeling incredibly nourished.
If you don't mind indulging in the price tag, this facial oil is also great for softening cuticles and hydrating your nails, as well as condition dry, flyaway hair ends.