You know a product is good, when it’s the one thing you turn to in your hour of need. For me, there are a few products that I can’t live without and have on constant rotation: Nars’ Radiance Creamy Concealer and All Day Luminous, Trilogy’s Rosehip Oil, Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish and Dermalogica’s Multi Active Toner; are just a few of my all time favourites. But every now and then, a few more are welcomed into the mix; and into my beauty hall of fame.
With the launch of Slapp, a lot of sleepless nights and a house move, my skin has been rather unruly of late. Breakouts, dry patches and a refusal to be set, even by the all mighty Urban Decay All Nighter – (which until recently had never let me down.)
One thing I am always asked is, what my favourite eye cream is, or whether I have finally found the cure for dark circles. Until now, my response has always been “I’m not sure there is a cure- Soap and Glory’s Puffy Eye Attack is great at reducing puffiness, and Dermalogica’s Intensive Eye Repair, is very good at hydrating, but as far as dark circles go; the only thing in my arsenal is concealer.
That was until I discovered Kiehl’s Rosa Artica. The lovely lady at Kiehls (and my new bff) recommended I try it; in my last ditch attempt to battle my severely dark circles.
I knew I should drink water and sleep more, but knowing you must sleep, is a sure fire way of not being able to get to sleep. So I decided to give the Rosa Artica a try. Housed in a tiny frosted green tub, Rosa Artica, like all things Kiehls, is highly cabinet worthy. The eye cream is fairly heavy duty in texture, and more like a creamy Balm, than a cream. A dab of this on your ring finger is more than enough for each eye. I dab this on every morning, blending it out as I go. The key to this is using it sparingly, partly because it’s quite thick, and largely because it is not cheap! The brightening effects of this little beauty, are almost immediate, which makes it perfect for perking you up on a no makeup day, or giving your Concealer a luminescent boost. After a few weeks of use, my dark circles were so significantly diminished, that I actually forgot how bad they were, until I stopped using it for a few days, mid house move. That may be he only problem with this cream, but I’m pleased to say my quest for the ultimate eye cream is finally over, and I am a panda no more.
Next on my list is Weleda’s Skin Food. The clue’s really in the name with this one, as this almighty blend of viola tricolor, calendula and chamomile, is a rich, nourishing super cream, with a base of oils and beeswax. It’s actual purpose is for use on rough body bits, such as elbows, knees and feet; and whilst it works wonders for all three; the reason it’s a holy grail for me, is it’s multipurpose use as a mask. At a press event for the brand a few months back, the PR mentioned that Weleda’s bestseller, was used by models backstage as a mask. Sadly, I’m a bit of a sucker for anything models do, (apart from sleeping well and drinking lots of water), so I was keen to give it a go. Whenever I have a bout of dry skin or I’ve been hitting it all a little too hard, I slather this on, and leave it until it’s all soaked in. It is thick and the first time you use it, you will inevitably apply too much- and feel way too greasy; but after a while, you really start to crave that intense hydration.
I’ve been smooching a very stubbly chap of late, and his beard has been playing havoc with my poor chin, so as soon as I say à bientôt, I reach for my Weleda, and all is well.
Last on my list, is the Lee Stafford Coco Loco. I don’t find myself raving about much in terms of haircare- aside from perhaps Charlotte Mensah and Ojon, but the Coco Loco, is a winner for all hair types. It smells extremely coconuty which I didn’t think I’d like but it’s really lovely- and instantly transporting to an outdoor shower in a five star villa. The coconut spray is a milky looking oil, that promises to transform ‘straw into silk’ and boy does it. Silk may be a slight stretch, but the results are instant and rave worthy.
My hair is pretty crazy these days- and on a particularly knotty mornings, I spray this liberally into my – approaching dreaded mane and it is instantly revived, visibly softer and smelling great. If you’re having a bad hair day or you’re looking particularly ratty this is an absolute must.