Beauty Hit List: July & August 2016

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Can you believe it’s been another two whole months since my last Beauty Hit List? I can hardly keep up! It’s about that time again and today I’m excited to share the products that have been rocking my world, my makeup bag and my bathroom shelf lately.

Let’s get started…

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Paul Mitchell Yacht Club

Ahoy there, matey! Inspired by holidays in the Hamptons (let’s face it, in Scotland it’s more likely to be a daytrip to Troon but STILL!), Paul Mitchell have released a nautical but oh-so-nice collection of products to keep your locks in check all summer long. I’ve been trying out the Style Lifesaver duo, which are designed to help restore hair after some fun in the sun and splashing in the pool.

Clarifying Shampoo Three gives hair a good, deep clean and removes impurities, chlorine and other product buildup. I’ve never been a great swimmer (translation: I fall to the bottom of the pool faster than a pebble), BUT I love how clean my hair feels after using this. It’s ideal when combined with the Super-Charged Moisturizer, for a really luxurious treat! This intense treatment perks up sad, parched tresses and can be used weekly to restore moisture. Don’t blame me if you start strutting around flicking your hair after this one (I know I did!).

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Neal’s Yard Remedies x Deliciously Ella Rose, Lime & Cucumber Facial Wash

Quite a mouthful, eh? From here on in, I’m calling it ‘the facewash’. So let me tell you about it! This facewash is a variation on my usual Rose Facial Wash from Neal’s Yard Remedies, which I’ve been using pretty religiously since last December. As you can see, this one is a collaboration with food and healthy living blogger Deliciously Ella, and even the ingredients listed in the name sound, well, delicious.

I picked this one up from the Neal’s Yard Remedies store at Royal Exchange Square a few weeks ago and I have to say that I’m enjoying this fresh, seasonal version. The addition of lime and cucumber into the usual formula does a good job of waking up my tired face and it smells extra zingy!

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Brow Pomade, Brow Amplifier and Brow Duo Brush & Wand by Eyelure

I know what you’re thinking: another Beauty Hit List, another brow product, right? Well, it’s easy to see from a quick trip to any beauty department that well-defined brows are big business at the moment. I for one love discovering new eyebrow products to see who is doing it well – indulge me a little longer, won’t you?

Eyelure are one of the latest brands to release a range of brow products and I’ve been trying a few of them out.

For easy, on-the-go touch-ups, I’d recommend their Brow Amplifier, which brushes on like a fun-sized mascara with a long-lasting finish.

Eyelure’s Brow Pomade is made for a much more precise approach and can be used as lightly (or liberally!) as you please with the Brow Duo Brush & Wand to apply it. The wand side of the duo is also great for fluffing up or smoothing down the hairs; depending on the finish you prefer. The formula of the pomade is also smudge-resistant, making it ideal for all-day wear.

With my hair, face and brows feeling all kinds of fresh, it’s been an awesome two months for my Beauty Hit List. But as always, I’d love to know some of your current must-haves. so be sure to let me know if there’s something I should check out! And tell me honestly, is it bad that I still can’t swim?

With love, hair swishes and brow wiggles,

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My Winter Skincare Saviour

IMG_8200 Oh, winter! With your hot chocolate, crisp weekend walks and cosy mittens – there’s so much that I love about this time of year. But my skin? Not so much! It doesn’t take a dermatologist to guess that several months of bracing winds, jacked-up indoor heating and lack of sunlight can leave my face feeling dull and dry. I wish that the only effect of the cold weather on my cheeks was a rosy glow (a girl can dream)!

Last year, I talked a little about upping my game when it came to skincare, and ever since the temperature started to plummet, I’ve found that it has been even more important to keep a reasonable routine – starting with a good facial moisturiser. My skin is already very dry at the best of times (thanks a LOT childhood psoriasis!), and I have always have had a few problem areas on my face that need extra attention.

IMG_8199 Keeping my face feeling plump and hydrated at this time of year has therefore been a bit of a challenge. The driest parts of my face seemed to absorb the moisturisers at a rate so fast it once made a lady giving me a facial exclaim that she’d ‘never seen that before’ (I almost felt like something out of a comic book – except what kind of superhero wants flaky, dehydrated skin to be their ‘thing’?). I went through a LOT of products to try and quench my thirsty skin, and most of them haven’t worked out – in a real, skincare-themed “it’s not you, it’s me” scenario!

I needed a winter skincare saviour and I needed one fast.

IMG_8201 This all changed when I started using Ultra Facial Cream from Kiehl’s, which was about six months ago on a complete whim. Working it into my skincare routine, and using it alone on very lazy/ busy days when I didn’t quite manage to do all of the other steps (hey, I’m just being honest!), I started seeing the benefit almost immediately. Instead of disappearing right away, the light-textured cream left my skin feeling soft and comfortable, giving me the hydration I was after and acting as a great kick-start before I applied my make up.

As you can probably guess by now, my skin can be a little bit difficult to handle, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find that as the months got colder, my face has stayed looking and feeling well-balanced. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream first got my attention when I heard about its reputation for protecting skin in harsh weather conditions – even managing to keep the skin of the team embarking on the ‘Greenland First Ascent’ expedition protected and moisturised! Now THAT’s a product review I can get behind…

As the unique formula ensures that moisture is replenished throughout the day, I only need to apply this cream once in the morning and I’m good to go!

IMG_8202 Kiehl’s UK have teamed up with the MTV: Staying Alive Foundation to release a limited-edition of my favourite Ultra Facial Cream, with the packaging designed by the charity’s ambassador, Tinie Tempah. £2 from each purchase of the moisturiser will be donated to MTV Staying Alive Foundation, and help to support the fight against HIV & AIDS.

Even though Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream has been my true winter skincare saviour, you can bet that I’ll still be using it year-round to keep my skin feeling smooth and hydrated. And with proceeds from this product currently supporting such an important cause, there’s never been a better time to pick up a pot (available in-store and online). Be sure to use #tiniexkiehls to share your support on social media!

Do you have a winter skincare saviour to share? If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

Here’s to giving flaky faces the boot,

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Kiehl’s work to fight HIV & AIDS has been ongoing since the 1980’s and today, AIDS is still the #2 cause of adolescent death globally. To further support this campaign , you can text HIV1 to 70660 to donate £5 to the MTV Staying Alive Foundation.