I spend so much money on products that aren’t right for me. My worst one was getting my foundation done at the Chanel counter at Gatwick, then purchasing the product and not realising until I went to the loo on the plane and looked in the mirror that my face was literally orange (top tip, try to approach someone on a make-up counter whose own make-up style you really like). I have to say, though, that when I took it back to the Chanel counter at John Lewis, they changed it for me. I also find I make a lot of mistakes buying online, with products not being the right colour or texture for me. Happily, though, I occasionally have some amazingly good accidental discoveries, and I’m on a roll recently, so I thought I’d share them with you.
I’ve got so much stuff to tell you!, I’ve got all the goss and the new products from all the Christmas in July press days (moving Christmas trees – you heard it here first), and then there’s the day I spent with my lovely Dad in his garden (he’s very well and still as feisty as ever – update soon), and the amazing tea I had with a new friend at The Grove – so much writing to do – not that I’m complaining of course 🙂
First, though, did I mention ages ago that I did one of those colour consultation things? The advice I received was basically life changing: for my colouring, I should always pick the softer option of any of the colours I want to wear, so: black? Pick grey instead. Navy? Think a dustier blue, or soft turquoise. Red? Pick coral or pink. I still follow these rules all the time and at the moment, it’s all about the summery coral. So what exactly IS coral? Well think orange, but with a slightly pinkish tinge to it. If you’re pale and interesting (heh) like me, it’s the perfect flattering shade for lips, nails and, well, just about anything else really. It reminds me of holidays and beaches and cocktails (and you know I love all those things).
I’ve got several awesome things for you this month on the beauty front. I’m still loving my Clarins Double Serum. At the beginning, I was worried it was going to be too greasy, but actually the dewy finish is quite flattering and makes a good base for makeup, so I’m loving it more and more:
I don’t know about you, but I’m SO glad to see the back of January and February – all that rain, wind and general misery has left me longing for bright spring mornings, sunshine and a few bright colours. Of course, February wasn’t without its perks, and a few things made February bearable, including:
If you’ve ever stood at the conveyor belt at luggage reclaim, watching all the identical black suitcases going round and round, wondering which is yours, you could benefit from Kittags. They’re brightly coloured luggage tags made in durable seatbelt-style webbing and can be monogrammed as well. I spotted my bright orange one a mile away and it was much admired by my fellow travellers. A great idea for school bags as well. Kittags are currently offering a 15% summer discount at the moment too – just add SUMMER2013 in the voucher box.
Clarins’ new BB Skin Perfecting Cream(£28.00) is absolutely brilliant. Rather than take a moisturiser AND foundation on holiday, just pack this little beauty. It gives really good coverage, isn’t greasy and has an SPF of 25. My favourite beauty website, Escentual, do it for £22.40.
Lucy from Nelly Noops hand makes all sorts of gorgeous fabric goodies like aprons for kids and adults and gorgeous bunting. She sent me an absolutely gorgeous beach bag in the most glorious ‘a day at the beach’ fabric. The bags are fully lined and have a handy magnetic closure and, I think, are a snip at just £20. Bag yourself one right away (see what I did there?).
Coconut Oil is huge news at the moment (my niece told me the other day that she uses it on her hair) and Essential Care have got some gorgeous coconut products. I’m a bit addicted to the Organic Coconut Candy Scrub – a bit pricey at £28 but it lasts forever and leaves your skin feeling amazingly soft. It smells delicious (and is, in fact edible!) and makes a fabulous pre-holiday skin prep to prepare your skin for tanning. I’m also addicted to their Creamy Coconut Cleanser, £14.50 (or it comes in a handy travel size £6.00) which leaves skin really soft and smells amazing.
Lastly, and not strictly travel-related, but certainly in the beachy spirit, I’m loving my new Yankee Candle Pure Radiance candle in ‘Seaglass’ – the fragrance is white tea and sandalwood with a delicious hint of sea air. There are six in the new selection. I love the new shapes too.
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