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These beauty buys have changed my skin
OK, OK, I stole one of them. But just one.
Photos throughout (except Diptyque) by Sarah Siddell @the_social_tea_
Every Thursday, make-up artist Marlene Andersson does my face before I film Palace Confidential, the royal news show I host. She’s been doing it week in and week out for about nine months now. And just the other day was the first time she didn’t say my skin was a bit dry: the 10-minute wind-whipped walk to the studio, right alongside the River Thames, means I never arrive with the dewiest of faces, no. But it’s fair to say, hydrating my menopausal skin is a full-time job. But the other day, Marlene said my skin felt great! Smooth! Plump! Beautifully hydrated!
I am convinced it’s down to a new brand in my skincare arsenal and specifically two products.
Last time I did a little round-up of my beauty favourites, it broke the internet. Of course that’s a lie but it’s easily one of my most popular Substack columns, which took me by surprise. But, now I have a genuine personal skin miracle to share so I’m going to do you another round-up of new things that I love. Or more specifically, my skin seems to.
First up, the miracle.
Miracles don’t come cheap it seems. I know. But well, for a miracle, it’s not outrageous. Don’t be alarmed when you squirt out something the colour of Fairy Liquid and start massaging it into your face. This retinoid oil has a gorgeous smell and absorbs beautifully. I thought I could feel - and see - a difference in my skin in the mornings but to have a professional (and one who is often direct about the state of your skin) confirm it, is all the convincing I need. This is now a must-have for me.
And then each day I put this serum under moisturiser.
The claims to brighten skin and even out pigmentation and fine lines are pretty bang on. I don’t know if it’s using the combination of these two products or not, but I have been using them for around six weeks now and I’m seriously impressed.
Some more things I’ve been loving
I’ve been really impressed with this brand since I discovered it a couple of years ago. I think in all honesty I fell in love with the packaging first. Minimal packaging classes up a shower. Even when said shower could really do with a scrub itself.
But this body wash is luxey and so a tiny bit goes a long way. I like that it has a very light, neutral scent because I much prefer my perfume to get all the air-time.
This is my favourite perfume and I get complimented on it by strangers at least twice a day:
Oh my god. This stuff. I am always on the hunt for new and exciting ways to self tan. This, when you first pump it out, looks a bit alarming. It’s quite dark (my natural skin colour is several shades paler than the white of the screen you’re currently looking at), so I waited until I had a good two days of being able to hide away from polite society to give it a go. Friends, it’s phenomenal. Great one for a night out, it has a tiny hint of shimmer in it. Use a mitt to glide it on and what comes out alarmingly terracotta glides into a pleasing sun-kissed look. It’s coming to LA with me.
This stuff is gorgeous. I discovered it when doing an item about getting your legs ready to face summer on Lorraine Kelly and when we were done with filming, I nicked it. Super-moisturising, vegan-formula gel that lathers beautifully into a brilliant shaving gel.
I can’t not mention this body lotion. I’m a big fan of the super-clean smelling Super Healthy Skin Deluxe Body Moisturiser Cream. And now I’ve discovered this one with a lovely hit of Vitamin C to firm and brighten. It really feels great, absorbs well and you don’t need tons, I don’t know what more you would want from a body lotion.
Heavenly smell (lemongrass and black pepper), effective smoother. Honestly, I had my years of scepticism about a beauty club membership but I’ve yet to meet a product from Beauty Pie that didn’t deliver. THIS IS NOT AN AD. I’m just a genuine convert.
Tell me your recommendations. What beauty products are you loving? Soon I will do a piece on what I’m packing for holiday and also I’ll get into make-up with you all soon.
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