Beauty should be about feeling good and having a bit of fun. And when the weather turns grey for fall and gets a bit colder you gotta treat yourself! From Brazilian body creams to Vietnamese-inspired candles I’ve got that feel good factor right here.
Feel Good Beauty: Top Picks
This is probably the most fun body cream I’ve ever come across! From the fun, uplifting Brazilian packaging vibes to the product itself this is like an acai bowl for the body. I haven’t yet come across a body cream built around açaí oil and this is so very Brazilian – and I never met a Brazilian person who wasn’t happy-go-lucky. This cream smells amazing and the light pink formula absorbs really well for a non-greasy feel on the skin. I like non-oily creams for the winter because you need to put on clothes right away (it’s cold!) so I like a product that sinks in fast. Good enough to eat, the Acai Body Power Cream has nourishing cupuaçu butter and super-conditioning coconut oil. A super fun beauty buy indeed.
I’m a bit obsessed by fragrances – honestly I just can’t get enough of them and I literally have a wardrobe of fragrances for every mood. One that came to my beauty desk this week and was also personalised with my name (extra points!) was the new Emporio Armani Because It’s You Eau de Parfum. I’ve included this fragrance in my feel-good beauty round up because above all things this is a fun and playful fragrance that is also feminine enough to make you appreciate being a woman. However, there is something sultry that lingers in this fragrance as well making this a good one for both day and night time wear. It’s got neroli, rose absolute, vanilla and musk so you can see where I’m going when I say it’s playful, uplifting and feminine with a bit of sultry edge thrown in for good measure. And who doesn’t love that?
I’ve always been a fan of boutique perfumerie Shay & Blue and the Atropa Belladonna is no different with its intoxicating rich and fruity scent of cassis berries, jasmine, white narcissus and patchouli. There is something sweet yet spicy about this fragrance with the swirl of berries and patchouli. This is a rich fragrance, inspired by the deadly nightshade which was a rare plant eaten by 17th century Venetians to dilate the pupils. I’m quite happy the cosmetics industry has more regulation now! But we can appreciate the lengths that people now and in the past, have gone to achieve beauty. This is a gorgeous scent and one that people will definitely ask you where it’s from when you wear it.
You can also get an amazing deal on a 4-piece set on QVC on midnight 11th October for 24 HOURS only which will feature the Shay & Blue 4-Piece Fragrance Collection. This collection contains 1x100ml Eau de Parfum Spray, 1x200ml Body & Hand Wash, 1x200ml Body & Hand Lotion in Atropa Belladonna and 1x10ml Eau de Parfum Spray in Black Tulip. So watch QVC from midnight on the 11th and purchase within the next 24 hours from then to get the whole set for only £46.96. The entire set is worth £112 so you can save over £60! I’ve got a sneak peak of some of the products that will be featured here.
If you love Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf then you will love the body lotion in the same fragrance. To intensify the scent, I would recommend fragrance layering – i.e. using the body lotion and then spritzing the fragrance over it for a long-lasting uplifting scent that will stay with you all day! Flowerbomb the fragrance can’t help but make you smile with the notes of patchouli, jasmine, freesia and centifolia rose – gorgeous! And a perfect scent to brighten up a cold day.
• Vitamin Injections London – Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin D3 and Vitamin B12 Patches
I’m so busy and get fatigued with all the overwork I do to myself so I’ve often considered getting a vitamin drip but I’m scared of needles so was never brave enough to do it. So when these vitamin skin patches from Vitamin Injections London landed on my beauty desk I was certainly intrigued! These are vitamin patches that you stick onto your skin for 12 hours of continuous transcutaneous nutrient delivery.
Now I have been using these for a couple of weeks now and been testing them out on different points. Last weekend I had a really sore and tired shoulder so slapped on a patch on that shoulder. By the morning that shoulder felt better than the other one. So I tried the other one next and by the next morning that shoulder also felt better. The patches slowly release continuous vitamins into the bloodstream and are great if you are travelling a lot or don’t like to take traditional supplements in pill forms.
I have three different patches and have been using Vitamin B12 which helps to improve energy and decrease fatigue and I have to say after the shoulder experiment I am impressed indeed! A great energy solution for those on-the-go.
I love candles for infusing a bit of calm into my life. There is something about a flickering flame and a room filling with an uplifting scent that can put my mood just right. Cochine Saigon is a brand that is inspired by all things Vietnam so I was instantly intrigued having spent a month travelling around Vietnam a few years ago. This candle is inspired by the allure of Saigon at sunset – the heady scent of the markets with classic notes of vanilla bean, patchouli and tobacco flower. I love the scent of this candle – it’s a sultry, spicy scent and a cosy addition to a night in.
I am obsessed by gel manicures because I have no time. I love the fact that they last several weeks and require no upkeep. They don’t chip and stay glossy and beautiful. The only downside to gel nails is they are not cheap. To get them done every two weeks as they recommend is quite expensive. Therefore I was instantly thrilled with Le Mini Macaron – the cutest little Gel Manicure Kit the world has ever seen! I knew that this had to go in my ‘feel good’ beauty guide because a gel mani from a macaron-shaped UV light is hard to beat. The kit comes with everything you need – the LED lamp in the shape of a macaron, charger, bottle of gel polish in the matching colour to the macaron (I’ve got Cherry Red), a cuticle stick, mini nail file and 10 remover pads.
It’s super easy to use and the USB cord plugs straight into your laptop. It even does toes too! Nails are cured in 30 seconds and you do one nail at a time. The polish is even a 3-in-1 formula. I mean honestly, could they have made it any cuter, fun or easy? I don’t think so!
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