Beauty Favourites – March 2016

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Medi Pedi at Margaret Dabbs
After a month of travels that had me stomping the deserts of Ras al Kaimah, cobbled streets of Mexico, towering hills of Florence and everywhere in between, my feet were well and truly deserving of some TLC. Life called for a sensible stop at Margaret Dabbs’ expert nail hideaway in Westbourne Grove.

The luxurious Medical Pedicure (or Medi Pedi) is a complete sole-saver, offering a 45-minute overhaul for all things below the ankle. During the treatment, your Podiatrist uses surgical techniques to soften, hydrate, anti-age, and improve the overall health of your feet and nails. The results are instant, therapeutic (nothing beats a foot massage), and you can even tack on an in-chair manicure (for utter bliss).

Pranamat ECO
Though this product is probably on the edge of Category Beauty, it might be my favourite discovery of the month. The Pranamat is, in essence, a massage mat. A naturally-produced massage mat which utilises pressure points to stimulate the body, mind, and relieve muscle aches and pains.

I was skeptical. Very skeptical. But the Pranamat has proved its worth. Even five minutes of mat-assisted meditation makes my body and mind feel healthier and more awake: if nothing else, the circultatory benefits sell this baby and I can’t wait to see the long-term benefits.

GOSH Lumi Drops and Foundation Drops
I was completely blown away by the Foundation Drops the first time I used them. Though the product had gimmick potential (it’s quite entertaining to use), it is one of the best foundations I have used in years. The consistency is light like a serum but buildable from light to heavy coverage. It has incredibly comfortable and long-lasting wear, excellent shade options for pale girls, and tone-corrects to the perfect ‘nude skin’ look with a single drop on each cheek (blended out).

For someone who never wears blush, I have also developed a soft spot for their Lumi Drops in Peach. The drops act as a soft highlighter and this shade – blended across the cheekbone – adds a Kardashian-worthy luminescence to the face. Superdrugs gems abound!

1001 Remedies PurAir Purifying Spray
Another natural beauty godsend. Made with 100% nature-derived ingredients, 1001 Remedies’ PurAir Air Purifying Spray eliminate environmental toxins and pollutants, dispel bad smells and helps – and I quote – “restore emotional equilibrium”. Essentially, it cleans the bejesus out of the atmosphere around you and smells like the most gloriously expensive spa in the world (think cinnamon, ravintsara and peppermint). The travel size has become my in-flight BFF.

AVON Perfectly Matte lipsticks
These lipsticks have quickly garnered cult beauty item raves for being “more matte than MAC matte” (which beauty junkies will know are renowned as the be all and end all mattes). I, Favourites-obviously, agree. I don’t love many of the lighter shades but everything coral and darker – especially Ruby Kiss – is stunning, smooth, and wears without any of the dreaded ‘dry lip cling’.

Jason Glowing Apricot Body Wash
A product unlikely to ever leave my bathroom. The smell and formulation of this sulfate and paraben-free body wash is a dream. It contains certified organic Aloe Vera Gel, sunflower oil, apricot oil (where its sumptuous scent comes from), chamomile, and Vitamin E: in essence, the perfect body wash for hydration. Foamy and all.