& Why I’ll Continue Buying Them
After the last post on ’empties’, I wanted to update you guys on more key pieces that I’m using until they’re literally running dry. As you know, being a full time blogger I’m often asked to review new beauty launches or try out some innovative products before they’re on the market. However, whilst that’s all fine and dandy, the truth is there remains those essential core products. The ones that I’ll return to and use over and over again. These are the core products that really work for me and ones I’ll be stocking up on again.
The Ritual of Karma Shimmer Body Cream by Rituals
When Rituals bring out limited edition versions of their products, it’s always wise to snap them up quick because once they’re gone – they’re gone fast. I’ve loved Rituals from the moment I went into a pop up store and spoke in depth to a sales assistant about the perfect gift for my (then) pregnant sister. I think I smelled every single one of the body cream pots.
Designed to calm the mind and indulge the senses, Rituals have a huge selection of body washes, shower gels and creams. Sadly this one is no longer for sale but you can get other versions on their website. I adore this as it has an aroma of white lotus combined with with bergamot for a lighter scented cream.
Try the velvety whipped goodness of the new Ritual of Sakura (£19) organic rice milk and cherry blossom for a silky, lightly scented body.
St. Tropez Instant Tan
I have to confess, I don’t love spray tans. Maybe it’s the colour or the fact you’re constantly being coated in chemicals that might prevent your skin from acting naturally. Either way, in 2016 I had two the entire time. Aside from occasionally using Bondi Sands, this instant tan from St. Tropez became my favourite and I’ve already lost count as to which bottle this is. The light/medium colour is perfect for lighter skin tones as it leaves you with that sun kissed brown glow rather than an orange fake tint. It washes off super easily yet stays on when you need it to. Oh and it’s on offer on ASOS right now for just £8.
Elnett Satin, Supreme Hold
Elnett is one that I’ve gone back to time and time again. In times when money was tight (translation, at Uni when my money went on partying), I’d buy cheap sprays that made my hair turn rock solid, (eww) so of course I instantly went back and have been using it ever since.
It’s no wonder it’s used by thousands of stylists either. The Supreme Hold offers long lasting hold without a feeling of stiffness. It can be brushed out easily and you can barely tell you’re wearing any from looking.
I burn through this when I wear my hair in loose waves or curly. Invest in the largest bottle, you won’t be sorry (Boots, £6.70).
Sassoon Illuminating Conditioner
I do try other shampoo’s and conditioners when I get presented the opportunity but nine times out of ten I’ll always prefer the Sassoon range. As I have coloured hair, (naturally very dark brown), need a tough conditioner that will not only keep my colour fresh but also defend it against pollution and heat. Sassoon Illuminating Conditioner does this and keeps my hair super shiny.
It contatins unique HydoFibre technology and an Intelliprotect formula which nourishes the hair and keeps it super sleek. I notice a dramatic difference in my split ends (not so many) and considering the wild state my hair is naturally in, it’s easier to manage.
For around just £20, it’s worth the investment. As they say, hair is the crown you’ll always wear so take good care of it. (Regis, £20).
Guinot Hydra Fraicheur Refreshing Toning Lotion
I’ve written before about Guinot and their incredible facials at the MET London Hotel, located in one of the most prestigious post codes in London. This toner is designed to be used day and night after cleansing. A few times I’ve always dabbed this onto a cotton wool pad mid day when I haven’t been wearing makeup and what comes off is actually pretty gross. Just goes to show the extent of the detriment London is having on your skin!
Unlike most toners, it’s alcohol free and great for sensitive skin. It’s main ingredient is Aloe Vera which actually moisturises the skin. Who’d have thought a toner could do that? It’s Gingseng extracts also offers toning and renewal of the skin. Guinot has quickly become one of my favourite brands at the back end of 2016 and going into 2017 I completely can’t get enough of it. £29.99, Guinot.
Aerin Rose De Grasse Body Wash
I first heard of Aerin as the granddaughter of Estée Lauder, also the Creative Director of the brand. So you could say their family know a thing or two about luxury cosmetics. I tried this body wash back last year and have been hooked ever since. It’s silky smooth and smells divine. I even use this to wash myself in the bath – I’m not quite sure if it’s meant solely for the shower. At £48 you may use it sparingly but warning, you’ll get majorly addicted as I did. It cleanses skin leaving it with a veil of sweet scent. Sumptuous in the Winter and a nod to Spring in the warmer months.
What beauty products do you swear by? Xx