I have to say that I’ve been feeling rather indulgent this month. Christmas was months ago and the January detox has passed and while waiting for summer I feel the need to treat myself a bit. After all, it’s still cold and dreary outside so why not treat yourself while waiting for the sun to come out? This March it’s all about my favourites and using products that make me feel good and are also super-indulgent.
What are they? Well…here we go (in no particular order)…
March Luxurious Favourites
I’ve always been a big fan of Kiehl’s because I love their heritage – they are an American brand from New York that have been around since 1851! That pretty much makes them experts at everything. They started out as an apothecary and through the course of time have become the Kiehl’s we (still) know and love today. The Midnight Recovery Concentrate is one of their best-selling cult products, loved by beauty junkies everywhere. The great thing about this concentrate is that it is meant to be used at night, making it a truly indulgent treat for the skin. It contains distilled botanicals that visibly restore the appearance of skin by morning and works with the skin’s noctural activity. So if you have had one too many late nights recently, invest in this little miracle-maker. It’s brilliant! Brighter and more radiant skin will be yours.
If you want to invest in an indulgent brand that has 40 years of aromatherapy heritage and innovation, Decleor is your brand! They are launching (on April 1st) the Aroma Nutrition range which is focused on essential oils, especially Frankincense, to nourish skin. Frankincense is very precious and also very rarely used in skincare – which is why these products are truly unique. And really, it’s a great time to really take care of skin before spring/summer hits and while it’s still cold and dreary. There are five new products in the range: 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator, Satin Softening Dry Oil, Nourishing Rich Body Cream, Nourishing Rich Body Oil and Nourishing Body Balm.
Decleor also does gorgeous products for the face as well. I have the the Hydra Floral 24 Hour Hydrating Light Cream with Neroli Essential Oil and also the Hydrating Oil Serum. The scent of the products is absolutely life-enhancing! To me, the Neroli products smell like sunshine in a bottle. The great thing about the products is that the essential oils in the products are pure and natural, meaning they are not diluted or synthetic so you can be sure that what you are putting on your skin is pure goodness.
Back to the new Aroma Nutrition range – it is fantastic – great for prepping tired winter skin for the summer. The scent of this range reminds me of grapefruit so is very uplifting and energising. The dry oil is wonderful for the hair, body and face, making this a true must-have for summer! I generally lather myself in oil in the evening but often in the process ruin all my pajamas with the oil so this dry oil is a great alternative as it sinks into the skin easily and won’t ruin clothes. I am also a a huge fan of the Nourishing Body Balm (below) which literally melts into your hand and is perfect for massage after a long, hard day. Because don’t you deserve it?
We can’t talk about indulgence without talking about fragrance, which recently has become one of my favourite things to talk about. Narciso Rodriguez is an American fashion designer who ventured into fragrance, much like Tom Ford or Marc Jacobs. The Narciso fragrance is light and sexy, modern yet elegant. It is also an Eau de Parfum which means it will last a long time, giving you more bang for your buck. It also doesn’t have the usual heaviness of a parfum that can sometimes be overpowering, making this a perfect fragrance for day and night. The bottle is a generous 90ml so you can get a lot for your money with this one. The packaging is minimally gorgeous with the white bottle. Narciso opens up with fresh white gardenia and roses, with heart notes of warm musk and a base of vetiver and cedar.
This fragrance got a lot of press and I can see why – it can fit into every occasion of your life. I also thought this was very much a unisex scent which I love so you can share this with the man in your life as well!
Dermalogica is a powerhouse. Let’s be honest. They know how to target skin concerns with no nonsense. So when they come out with a new launch it’s something to get excited about. At the moment, skincare is all about radiance and focusing on reducing hyperpigmentation, which can sometimes make us look older than wrinkles. I for one, have some sun spots that never faded and a few small (but still annoying) little acne marks from ages ago that won’t seem to fade completely away. So I am all about doing anything to reduce them.
So here walks in Dermalogica to solve all my problems – they have just launched a NEW PowerBright TRx range that includes three products to help target hyperpigmentation and dark spots caused by age, hormones or stress. It also has a very high SPF factor to reduce the chance of getting more spots. And even on cloudy days there is still UV damage that could be done so it’s always always important to wear an SPF during the day!
The three products within the range are: C-12 Pure Bright Serum (also above), Pure Light SPF 50 – a daytime moisturiser and Pure Night – a rich night-time moisturiser which helps to control melanin formation and maximise the benefits of the PowerBright TRx system while the skin is resting. Our skin works the hardest to repair itself at night so very important to use a powerhouse of a moisturiser in the evening and focus on repair, while during the day you are going to want to protect against UVA/UVB and free radical damage.
Another exciting product that Dermalogica has just released is a Redness Relief Primer which is brilliant because it is green! Green combats the colour of red so this is a great primer for anyone with any redness on the skin from spots or rosacea. The formula calms skin and also protects from UVA/UVB exposure – always a win. I absolutely love this primer, it’s super velvety and makes your skin look smooth and covers up spots. It also contains key ingredients such extracts of yeast and oat to help soothe skin.
Browhaus is a Brow Salon which has recently opened (along with Ministry of Waxing that specialises in all things hair removal) at 56 Neal Street. They offer a range of brow services, including Brow Resurrection (yes please!) which is a natural semi-permanent eyebrow enhancement solution for sparse eyebrows. The salon takes inspiration from the Forbidden City in China and the interior is amazing and also soothing, which is important if you are going in for a wax or a threading!
I had my brows threaded at Browhaus and I can honestly say that it was the best brow threading I have had yet. My brows are thin and sparse enough already but they were kindly put back into shape by the professionals at Browhaus. Another product that Browhaus offers is Extend (below). This is a brow and lash treatment that you apply at night and contains Protein Peptide to make your lashes and brows grow in just two weeks. I have been using mine for a little over a week now and can already see a difference. My brows have never been happier.
Browhaus also makes fabulous eye-liners/eye-shadow pens. I have a mauve one below and I love it. It lasts a long time and doesn’t smudge and the mauve colour is gorgeous.
Bourjois has to be one of the best and highest quality high-street brands around. I am always impressed by the quality of the products that they have – which rival many luxury brands for similar products at four times the price.
It’s always exciting to announce when Bourjois is launching something new! So with that I would like to present to you: La Laque Nail Polishes. These are not launching until May but they are definitely something to get excited about now! They are very shiny, with a gel look and feel and come in 12 shades, from nudes to corals to teal blues. The polishes are gorgeous – in the picture below you can see White Spirit, Chair Et Tendre, Orange Outrant, Flambant Rose and Ni Vernis Blue.
Another exciting launch from Bourjois are Nude Sensation Blur Effect Foundations. At the moment they are exclusive to feelunique.com but will launch nationwide in May. These are lovely, with a whipped texture.
The below picture is on application before blending…
And the below picture is after blending. As you can see these really blend into skin making it look like you are wearing no make-up. Which is what you really want after all! We love when people compliment us on our make-up but it’s even better if someone tells you that you have great skin. With these, I think it just might be possible.
But wait, I’m not done yet! Bourjois is also launching Aqua Lacque hybrid lipsticks and they are absolutely gorgeous. They are a lip stain with a gloss – think Yves St Laurent lip stains and you are on the right track. These are really long lasting lip stains – they contain a high concentration of water so the formula is not sticky on lips at all. They also keep lips moisturised for up to 10 hours! The colours are pigment rich and the texture is glossy, glossy, glossy with a wet look. There are eight shades of pinks, nudes and reds to choose from.
I am big on brows these days, especially after my visit to Browhaus. Bourjois is on the brow-wagon and is releasing new brow products for the summer! These will launch in June – Brow Natural (a brow pen if you like to draw in small hairs), Sourcil Precision – which I love because it comes in a colour that matches my eyebrows perfectly and has a brush to tame brows as well and Brow Mascara, which will keep your eyebrows in place and tidied up.
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So as much as I complain about the weather, I am actually enjoying having the excuse to stay in and pamper myself. And why not?