Beauty Favorites

Like many of you, my beauty regime is constantly changing but these are five things I’ve been using consistently and have been incredibly impressed with lately!

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer | I’ve been looking for something between a heavy foundation and going completely without makeup and this tinted moisturizer fits the bill perfectly. It is super light weight and it doesn’t feel like I’m wearing any makeup at all when it’s on. I use this Kabuki brush to pat it on and it leaves my skin smooth and glowy {but not greasy!}

Hair-Vit Capsules | After a recent bad haircut where the stylist took the liberty of chopping off several inches rather than my requested amount {and also leaving me with the front pieces of my hair looking like weird antennae – grrr!} I was desperate to try a few things that would make my hair grow back quickly and healthily. I massaged my hair with coconut oil and castor oil, but I also tried these Hair-Vit capsules, assuming they couldn’t hurt as they’re full of B vitamins, amino acids and iron. While it’s hard to tell if it was the vitamins or a placebo effect, my hair has definitely felt thicker, healthier, and has grown back several inches in the few months since my dreaded haircut. I’ve also noticed a huge difference in the growth of my nails – they’re super strong!

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder | This is my new holy grail product – I’ve bought it several times and it’s too good not to share with you. It adds a really subtly iridescent effect to my skin and it doesn’t look powdery at all. It sort of gives you a candle-lit look all the time – definitely worth the money! I like the shade Dim Light the best.

Makeup Artist’s Choice 5 Acid Body Peel | I was sort of weirded out by this product at first as anything with the words acid and peel make me nervous. This is such a good peel though, and I’ve been using it weekly to exfoliate, deep clean, fade scars, and brighten my skin. I thought I’d be peeling for days after this, but you just wash it out in the shower and come out with beautiful, super smooth and bright skin. Definitely a new favorite.

What about you? Any new tried and true beauty products?

DIY Hair Mask

I’ve been using this mask weekly and have been loving it, it leaves my hair super soft and shiny, and I’ve also noticed it’s been a little more resistant to the London humidity. It does not smell good, so brace yourselves, but the results are so worth it, I promise!

Ingredients

+ 1/2 ripe avocado
+ 2/3 cup Greek yogurt
+ 1 egg
+ 1 tablespoon Manuka honey
+ 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Directions

Combine all ingredients. Apply to clean, wet hair, in sections, focusing on the ends. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. You can tie your hair up and put a hair cap on it to keep it out of the way. Shampoo the mask out, condition, and style as normal.

Three Beauty Products

I wanted to share three beauty products that are getting me through the cold weather. There are a few tools and products that I turn to as my skin and hair seem totally different depending on the months — here are a few that I’ve been using recently.

ONE | Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm | This balm is so good for my hands that get so, so dry in the winter. Especially with how often I wash them {London underground hands, ew} which completely strips any moisture that my hands have. This balm is extremely thick, it takes a while for the skin to absorb it but it keeps my skin so soft. It also smells amazing. very natural and earthy.

TWO | Shu Uemura Silk Bloom Treatment Masque | My hair dresser recommended this to me when I was asking him about getting a keratin treatment done on my hair. He said that the keratin would make my hair too flat and I wouldn’t like it. This was suggested as an alternative to the keratin treatment {and when you’re comparing costs, this masque is a bargain versus the full keratin treatments}. I use this once a week on my hair. There was a noticeable difference the first time I used it {my hair didn’t turn into a NatFro at the first sign of humidity, it kept it’s shape and was really soft} but the more I use it the healthier and stronger my hair gets. It also smells delicious! I will keep buying this, it’s definitely the best treatment I’ve found for my giant, frizzy hair and the price is totally worth it.

THREE | Burberry Fresh Glow Fluid in Golden Radiance | Skin can tend to get a bit ashy in the winter months. I mix this in with my foundation {just a little bit goes a long way} to add in a little more color and a fresh, dewey look. I love it! I wouldn’t recommend it for very oily skin as it could start to look greasy — mine tends to be dry so it works ok for me.

What about you? What beauty products do you incorporate into your routine for winter?

Beauty Favorites Lately

A few of my beauty favorites lately: I never really paid much attention to my skincare before but as I get older I’m getting pickier about what I put on my skin and hair. Two brands that are new to my medicine cabinet: Elemis and Creme de la Mer, and I must say I’m loving them both — the flash balm and refining facial make my skin glow! The Chloé perfume has been on my wish list for forever {I always test it when I’m in Sephora}and the scent is so light and lasts all day which I love. What are some of your beauty favorites lately?   I’m always looking to try out new products!

Winterizing

When cooler weather comes around I tend to change my skin and hair routine to accomodate. I have naturally dryer hair and skin so cold and wind can just make things worse — here are some products that  I’ve been loving lately that have worked wonders for my hair and skin.
Virgin Coconut Oil | This is basically a miracle product and food. I apply it to my entire face at night (super scary because it looks greasy and has the word oil in it) but it’s actually anti-acne, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-wrinkle, multi-vitamin — the list goes on. I also apply it to my hair as a hair mask and leave it in for about an hour before I shower. I also have been eating it (about two tablespoons a day) — eating it has tons more benefits that you can read more about here. Make sure to get organic, virgin coconut oil if you buy!
Weleda Iris Hydrating Day Cream |  I just started using this day cream under my makeup in the morning and it’s amazing. It’s made my skin look so dewy and healthy — perfect if you live in a dryer climate. It’s really rich and a little goes a long way. It also smells amazing! Get it 20% off with code CN20 here.
Apple Cider Vinegar | Another miracle product — I use this as a toner after washing my face. I also use it as a hair rinse and it makes my hair super shiny (be sure to dilute it if you’re using it directly on your skin or hair). I also take about two teaspoons of this a day (I drink it with water or apple juice). If you buy make sure to get organic, raw, unpasteurized with the “mother” in it. You can read all about it and its health benefits here
Dr. Haushka Rose Body Oil | I have been using this on my skin after patting dry after the shower and I’m obsessed with how it feels. It makes my skin so soft and even in the evening it’s still glowing from the moisture. It smells incredible — a must if you like a good rose scent. Get it 25% off with code DH25 here.
What are your go-to products for winter time? I’d love to hear!