Lockdown has created a little more ‘me’ time and I have to be honest I haven’t been mad about it, instead, I’ve been embracing adding a little luxury to my beauty routine and I thought I would share a few heroes in my bathroom cabinet that I’ve been loving.
When it comes to beauty I’m kind of a simple girl, I find products I like and I stick with them, so all the products featured I’ve been using on-and-off for a while, some may have started as press samples but I’ve quickly replaced all the empties.
When it comes to how lockdown has impacted my beauty routine, it has hit two major things – my hair cut and my nails. When lockdown kicked in I was supposed to get my hair cut that next week, so back in March I was already at the end of my 6-8 week cycle, now my hair is a crazy mess. I’m lucky that I’ve always trimmed my fringe, it needs a little cut every couple of weeks, but what I’ve been trying to stop is my hair getting dry and damaged.
So, if like me you have medium to long hair, then I can’t recommend Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer deep-conditioning treatment enough to repair and seal split ends, as well as help, maintain your locks from becoming too dry, and add strength and elasticity to your hair, which in turn helps it grow more healthy.
Basically, I don’t know when I will get a proper hair cut, but I can help keep my hair shiny, stronger and healthier until I get booked in for a full trim and conditioning at the hairdressers.
The product is best used before shampooing your hair, it is easy to use, just wet your hair thoroughly and apply in sections, working into your hair with your fingertips. It says to leave it on for a least 20 minutes, but I like at least an hour, where I cover it with a shower cap. Make sure you rinse well and follow with your shampoo and conditioner.
I like to use this product once every two-three weeks usually, but I’ve been doing it every week, and at the start of lockdown I did an enhanced Elasticizer treatment by leaving it on overnight.
I think my coconut breeze version was a special last summer, I can’t find it online, but I have the regular edition as well – this one just has an added coconut scent that is quite nice, reminds me of tropical holidays. It is a little pricey, starting at £19, but seriously worth it, a little really does go a long way.
Also, useless fact time, which might be handy for a zoom quiz – did you know that Philip Kingsley created Elasticizer in 1974 personally for one of his most famous clients, Audrey Hepburn! Hey, if it is good enough for Audrey, it is good enough for me!!!
Covered hair, now on to my nails. I love getting my nails done regularly, it is the ultimate pamper for me, I love the chat with my nail artist, choosing my colour combinations, which if you want to see I did a post on my obsession with nail rainbows, and taking an hour to just relax.
I’m not going to lie, having to take off my gel nails myself was not fun, it was painful, took forever, and I have so much more respect for any nail artists out there. But with that, it is a great chance to rest my nails and let them breathe.
To help strengthen them, because they were a little bendy, I used Essie’s Treat Love Colour, this nail strengthening treatment helps against peeling and breakage and comes with infused brightening pigments, so your nails shimmer.
For less than £10 I like how the formula is long-lasting and chip-resistant, as well as the fact it has collagen and camellia extract – it claims to achieve stronger nails in just one week but for me, it was more like a couple. To make it work more efficiently for me I just made sure to re-do my nails every week.
As well as my nails, my hands and cuticles have been extra dry, you know all that washing of our hands is hard to maintain soft skin, but I really like Glossier’s Balm Dotcom, the do-everything lip balm, which not only soothes my lips but works wonders on my cuticles. I have the rose version as I love the smell of it, don’t worry about the tint, it really is barely-there and I add it to my cuticles overnight for that great long-lasting moisture, so it doesn’t matter.
I actually love a lot of Glossier products, I was worried they wouldn’t live up to the Insta-hype, but I love the packaging and the fact they are cruelty-free and another one of my favourite products has to be the Priming Moisturizer as I love how the lightweight formula leaves my skin fresh and glowing. While during lockdown I haven’t really been putting on make-up daily, I find this moisturiser great at hydrating my skin.
I’ve mentioned my love of Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish, Hot Cloth Cleanser before, pre-lockdown it was my nightly ritual for taking off my make-up as I love how the creamy cleanser with cocoa butter, rosemary, chamomile and eucalyptus really removes make-up while giving the skin a deep-clean with gentle exfoliation thanks to the muslin cloth provided.
During lockdown, this has been a little therapeutic as well as keeping something normal into my day, I find messing with my evening routine screws with my sleep, and during these stressful times sleep has already been a little difficult. I’m telling you massaging the cleanser and then rinsing off with hot water using the muslin cloth is refreshing – and your skin will thank you.
Talking of sleep, I’m a huge fan of This Works’ sleeping range, seriously without its lavender and wild chamomile mix my sleeping patterns over the last few months would have been worse. I love adding the Deep Sleep, Stress Less natural rescue remedy to my wrists before I turn over to go to sleep as I find it really does calm me.
Another calming product I’ve been using is Verdant Alchemy’s Breathe In Bath Salts that are infused with eucalyptus, lemon and bergamot – I can’t express how much more centred I’ve felt after soaking in this nutrient-rich mineral bath. It really has been the perfect pick-me-up for my lockdown anxieties and it is because it is full of minerals that not only help you relax but also heals and detoxes the body.
What I would suggest is light some candles, turn on some music, and simply add a few handfuls of the salts to the bath – I always let the salts dissolve for a few minutes to release the therapeutic oils before I get in.
If you haven’t heard of Verdant Alchemy before it is this gorgeous bath and body brand by Vivien Leung that is crafted in South East London using only essential minerals and plant-based ingredients – all of its products are completely vegan, certified natural and cruelty-free.