Loves of Late
SLSstyle is about to undergo a big transformation – it’s time to keep up with the pack so please bear with the sporadic posting. After retuning back to London from a lengthy trip to America I’ve fallen in love with a few bits and bobs that I couldn’t function without. I’ve actually done minimal beauty shopping recently, instead I’ve been trying to rediscover old favourites and use up some products which I didn’t even know that I had. I am planning on putting myself on a self-imposed beauty-ban (except for my necessities – my daily skincare and haircare products are omitted from this). Whose with me?
Along with the majority of the female population, I can’t get enough of Gypsy Water. Unfortunately as it’s become so popular I’ve had to venture out of my comfort zone and search for an alternative. Bal D’Afrique has a similar scent, it’s fresh, floral, light and not overpowering making it my favourite scent to reach for day in and day out. This scent is inspired by the roaring 20s in Paris, focusing on the infatuation with African culture, music and art. Bal d’Afrique is a blent of jasmine, neroli and musk making this a refreshing fragrance that is miles more interesting than your average floral scent.
My skin hasn’t been the happiest recently. There have been red patches and bumps that really shouldn’t be there (thank heaven for an Instagram filter). I have been using my Skinceuticals Blemish & Age Cleansing Gel every morning in the shower and have noticed that my skin has cleared up drastically, and shock-horror my 30 year old pores have shrunk before my eyes. This is best paired with a heavier moisturiser before your SPF as it does have the tendency to dry out your skin due to the glycolic and salicylic acid in the ingredients but it’s a lifesaver if you need to slap your face back into shape.
I have been loving Sisley’s Black Rose Mask recently (a must-have for anyone shopping around in Duty Free). I have been applying this before events as it leaves skin looking rested, plump and hydrated making the perfect canvas for makeup application. It’s also a great product to slap on before bedtime (I even use this on the plane) leaving you with glowy, luminous skin in the morning even if your sleep has been interrupted by snoring, night feeds or that drunken 17 year old next door back for half term.
Essie Topless and Barefoot
This is probably my favourite nail polish of all time. It’s a rare occasion that this won’t be on my hands or toes at any given time. Whilst it looks wonderful with a tan, it looks beautiful on olive or medium complexions during winter giving your hands a groomed, elegant look – even if that’s the only part of you that is groomed. I bring a bottle of this with me absolutely everywhere I go. There’s nothing worse than walking into a nail salon and being faced with shimmery plum colours which you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole.
I saw these and knew I had to have them. These are comfortable, classic but still fun and brighten up any gloomy day. They are so wonderful in-fact that upon seeing mine, my sister-in-law rushed out to instantly buy the same pair (she only ever copies the good stuff). After wearing them day after day they’ve held up well and I’m not eyeing up the latest pair covered in stars as well as bejewelled arrows. Who knew you needed so many pairs?
Whilst I’ve become somewhat of a collector of The Row cashmere sweaters, I can’t discount how much I’ve been reaching for my chunky, ribbed Stella McCartney jumper. It’s effortless, easy and makes outfit choices at the crack of dawn much more simple. Paired with skinny jeans, black cigarette trousers or my favourite black silk Stella McCartney joggers it injects an instant chic into your morning get-up, even if you’d much rather be wearing pyjamas.
I don’t know why I have so many primers when my makeup routine Monday to Friday is wash your face and go. That being said when I do decide to break out and wear a lick of tinted moisturiser I always enjoy having a poo-poo platter of products to choose from. This Marc Jacobs Coconut Primer is so light and doesn’t leave your skin feeling like there’s a layer of silicone and pore-clogging yuck underneath all that makeup. It creates a perfect, smooth base and instant brightening to sallow skin.
I have spoken about my love for Ruuby before – a wonderful app to deliver the best of London’s spas, therapist and beauty services to your front door (or you can book to go to various salons and spas which would be great if I wasn’t so lazy). As February is a pretty horrendous month in London; dark days, drizzle (you will only understand this if you’ve lived in London), too much takeout and pasty skin I have started a new habit – spray tanning. I am not yet a regular convert where I will spray tan week in and week out however if I’m going to a party, wedding or special event I will spray tan the night before so I don’t appear so deathly white and terrifying.
Find Ruuby here.
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