Amy Loves… some no-nonsense haircare, festive red lips and nails, a reviving bath treat to get party-ready and a brilliant body butter…
Dior Grand Bal Collection
Christmas calls for red lips and nails, in my book anyway. My loves this festive season come from the unbelievably beautiful Dior Grand Bal collection (do have a peek at the rest of the collection: the palette in particular is stunning), Diorific Nail Polish and Lipstick both in the shade, Marilyn. The raspberry-red shade of lipstick is super hydrating as well as extra long-lasting and the glamorous gold bullet oozes luxury. (So it would make the ultimate stocking filler, if you could bear to give it away – I can’t!) The polish is a gorgeously shiny classic red that makes my nails as pretty as Christmas baubles and the little pot it lives in is lovely enough to hang on your tree, too!
In my quest to have long, luscious locks I have naughtily been putting off having a trim for…lets just say for a l-o-n-g time, resulting in awfully dry, split ends and general dullness. I reached for evo, an Australian salon brand that don’t contain any nasties. The Calm range is the one for me, I use the The Therapist Calming Shampoo, The Therapist Calming Conditioner and The Great Hydrator Moisture Mask, to replenish some much needed moisture and shine. And they work. They really do. The mask is the hero for me, instantly softening and repairing. I’m all booked in for my hair cut now but evo is staying in my bathroom.
I was feeling a bit sad when I found out that one of my favourite body moisturisers from Darphin (the Lipid Replenishing Soothing Balm) had been discontinued but did a little jig when I fell in love with its replacement: the Firming and Nourishing Velvet Cream. A superbly moisturising, shea butter packed body cream that instantly sinks straight in and leaves no trace, apart from healing and plumping my central-heating ravaged skin. I can’t vouch for it’s firming properties but if you’re looking for something to treat parched limbs this winter, then this is my best recommendation.
Shhh… this is the secret key to my pre-night out routine: a wonderfully refreshing bath milk full of lemons (and reminds me of sherbet) that revitalises body and mind after a blissful 20-minute soak. Add a couple of capfuls to a steaming hot tub, slap on a face mask (the Liz Earle Brightening Mask is my fabulous pre-party pick me up, taking only 3 minutes to work its magic) and you’ll be ready for anything.
Amy loves… recapturing summer with a fragrance, a beauty classic, a golden treat and fabulous foundation…
Organic Pharmacy Organic Glam Orange Blossom
I have fallen head-over-heels for this beautiful scent. Housed in an incredibly glamorous, old Hollywood-style bottle (it just makes me want to fill my dressing table with powder puffs and beautiful compacts), the fragrance itself is just as gorgeous. Wonderfully uplifting and refreshing notes of sweet orange, green mandarin and Moroccan orange blossom are bursting from every spritz. The Organic Pharmacy’s founder, Margo Marrone, created the range of five fragrances with 100% natural and organic ingredients, to fit in with the ethos of the brand – and bravo: I think she’s done a fabulous job. Each one is special; I’m rather keen to try the Oud one, too – but for now Orange Blossom is my perfect companion.
- Organic Pharmacy Organic Glam Orange Blossom, £119.95 for 100 ml - buy here
Lanolips Golden Ointment
The arrival of my much anticipated new desk this month has meant A LOT of organising and feng shui-ing of my office. Underneath mounds of paper for recycling, countless empty stamp books and about five broken staplers, I actually found something useful: this little treasure had fallen down the back of my old desk. I fished it out and slathered a bit on my rather dry lips and cuticles – gorgeous! Thanks to added Manuka honey this is like a sweet treat and pure grade lanolin and vitamin E mean it’s an excellent moisturiser and skin repairer, for wherever your body may need it.
- Lanolips Golden Ointment, £17.99 for 50 g at www.victoriahealth.com – buy here (NB you’ll get an exclusive 5% ‘insider’ discount when visiting from our site, automatically deducted at the checkout)
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
After an August filled with parties (hen parties, wedding parties and family parties), autumn has started a little less fun with no parties and just tired, dull skin (thanks to August). I’ve been upping my water intake to try and rejuvenate my sad complexion but I’ve also rediscovered the infamous Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and added it to the mix. I’ve never really got on with this beauty legend despite hearing many ladies rave about it – but I have to be honest and say I-just-didn’t-get-it. Then I happened to be watching one of beauty-guru Lisa Eldridge’s (genius) videos where she was talking about Beauty Flash Balm, in particular, the application – and I soon realised this is where I’d been going wrong. Instead of rubbing it into skin you are meant to just smooth it on with very few strokes so it’s more like a thin layer, then immediately start your make-up routine. It adds a luminous glow and makes skin look rested and radiant. It DOES live up to its ‘hero’ status, I now realise!
- Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, £28 for 50 ml - buy here
Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation
I discovered this Bourjois beauty bargain while away from home for a night and ‘cleverly’ forgetting my make up bag. Perusing the aisles of my nereast drugstore for replacements, I found the Bourjois stand – and this little bottle… It’s described as containing three colour correcting pigments: yellow for dark circles, mauve to give radiance and green to neutralise redness and even the complexion. I picked shade 51 Light Vanilla, the fairest of five shades and was impressed from first application. It’s very light but offers a great medium coverage and really does even out my blotchy, pale skin AND it does a good enough job at hiding my dark under eye circles that I haven’t been having to use any concealer! Anything that helps you skip a step and save time is a keeper for me.
- Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation, £10.99 - buy here