With a little help from some of my favourite beauty blogger babes (notably, Vivianna Does Makeup, gh0stparties, Into The Gloss and skincare goddess Caroline Hirons), I have acquired a fair amount of beauty goods over the last year. Most of them are luxuries that I will ask for again on special occasions, but there are a select few products that I’ve repurchased more than twice, at least, and that I couldn’t bear to think about being without. Sad, but true. The roster consists of skincare, haircare and bodycare - but we might aswell call that last category ‘My Soap & Glory shower stash’.
First up, the skincare picks that I will succumb to over and over:
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish - a classic that I and plenty others have waxed lyrical about over the years, my skin just doesn’t feel or look right if this isn’t rubbed in and ‘polished off’ my chops every morning and evening. Recently, I’ve been tempted by Emma Hardie’s Amazing Face Cleansing Balm to shake up my cleansing habits for the winter months, but I will always have a C&P back-up in my skincare arsenal, if things ever go awry.
Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Booster - possibly one of the most hyped-up, CH recommendations of 2012 was Hydraluron, a hyaluronic acid serum that’s applied underneath your everyday moisturiser. Everyone went crazy for the stuff, and when I didn’t notice instant results, I quickly questioned whether it was just a waste of £25. However, when I turned off the daily dosage, my skin began to look dehydrated, and it became a lot more noticeable to me when my foundation just wasn’t sitting right. I don’t know how it works, but I’ve become somewhat of a skincare slave to the stuff, and my dry skin is very thankful for Hydraluron.
Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream - this moisturiser has acquired the unfortunate reputation of being the ‘boring’ one, but who needs a moisturiser that says it brightens, tightens - heck, even brings you a cup of tea - when all a moisturiser should deliver is just that: moisture. It’s a real does-what-it-says-on-the-tin job, which I love, and my dry, sensitive skin drinks this up when whacked on top of the aforementioned beaut of a serum, Hydraluron. No fragrances, preservatives or emulsifiers, just a soothing, hydrating moisturiser that doesn’t give me the desire to try any other.
Next, my haircare heroes…
Bumble & Bumble Hair (Un)dressing Creme - you know that stuck-to-the-head, style-less hair day that happens when no product is applied to the tresses pre-blow dry? Well, if you hate that as much as I do, pick this texture treasure up pronto. It gives just the right amount of hold, movement and texture, and I just adore it. After just one shake through the hair with this stuff, I swiftly, but quite sadly, swapped in my well-loved Label M Volume Mousse. The latter has served me well over the years, and I’m sure I will revisit, if not for the incredible volume but for the distinctive, Label M smell. Mmmmm. For now, however, I’m sticking with the flirty (un)dressing creme. Stocks are running dangerously low, so I’ll be making a beeline for the Cheshire Oaks beauty outlet very soon for a replenishment.
Label M Resurrection Style Dust - Label M comes in close second in the haircare brand stakes, with Bumble coming up top every time. Label M were one of the first brands to do the ‘hair dust’ thing, and I just marvel at the results every time I use it. Sprinkle onto the crown of your hair, then pick up layers and sprinkle under those for lift and volume that lasts. The best thing about this product is that you can ‘oomph’ up your mane with your fingertips during the day for a volume ‘top-up’, making it the perfect product to take to festivals for a convenient coif refresh.
Finally, the body liquids and textures I am perpetually purchasing, both from high-street darling Soap & Glory…
Soap & Glory Rich & Foamous - this little beauty has been staking out a spot in my shower for a solid 12 months now, and no other has taken its place. I know the S&G Sugar Crush is a big favourite, but for me and my introverted ways, it’s a little too zesty. If, like me, you like rich, sugary, almondy scents, go for this one. Whereas Sugar Crush is the bubbly, bright and in-your-face character, Rich & Foamous is the sultry, mysterious one of the bunch.
Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub - to help reveal the good stuff underneath those tasty (not so much), dead skin cells, I turn to The Breakfast Scrub. I have tried a fair few body scrubs lately, thanks to that fake tan addiction of mine, and nothing works quite like this one. Fresh’s Brown Sugar Body Polish is generally known as one of the best-smelling and hard-working scrubs out there, but instead of forking out 37 big ones, spend just £8 and you’ll be getting a well-matched dupe. With a super-duper grainy texture that isn’t too harsh on the skin, and a good-enough-to-eat, maple honey smell, you can’t go far wrong. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be doing my pre-Reading fest prep routine, and The B Scrub is definitely on the list to lengthen the life of my festival faux tan.
There are a couple more products that are very close to making the restock roster, but for now, it’s too soon to tell. A little more trialling is in order before the final verdict, but I’m sure another update will make its way on here very soon…This entry was posted in Beauty and tagged beauty, bumble and bumble, liz earle, soap & glory. Bookmark the permalink. ← 5 Albums To Download (And Obsess Over) In September Reading Festival 2013 →