beauty favourites august 2016
I am beyond excited to share this month’s beauty favourites; game-changers, skin-savers, and all…

The Perfect 10 Ultimate Connock London Body Treatment
When I realised Perfect 10 delivered everything from blow dries to spray tans straight to your door, it made perfect sense to follow up a few 14-hour work days (the not-so-glamorous dark side of blogging!) with a little something something for myself.

I opted for ‘The Ultimate Connock London Body Treatment’ – a Hawaiian Kukui Oil massage – and it was 90 minutes of pure bliss. The natural oil is the perfect compliment to a Lomi Lomi massage as it offers intense hydration and skin protection. If I wasn’t so busy I could have easily spent the rest of the day soaking in the bath.

Knowing something this relaxing is only a few clicks away when I find myself with a spare 90 minutes makes those 14-hour-plus days fly by.

Embyolisse Micellar Lotion & Radiant Eye Cream Roll-On
For whatever reason, it has taken me ages to try the micellar lotion that kicked off the entire craze, but I am incredibly glad I finally did. Embryolisse’s ‘micellar water’ is the most gentle of its kind that I have used, yet removes every trace of make-up (including my water-resistant mascara).

When I began trialling the aforemtnioned, I also picked up Embryolisee’s roll-on Radiant Eye Cream and have to say it is probably my favourite of the two. Utilising aloe vera and glycerine, the stick is actually cool to the touch (which feels unbelievable on my permanently tired eyes). Though small, the dual-action stick not only brightens and moisturises the eye area but botanically depuffs and boosts circulation around it, as well! Game changer.

Nugg Lip Mask
This tiny little gold ball has not left my bedside table as packs a hydrating, plumping and softening punch. The mask – which I apply at night – is made up of 100% natural and vegan ingredients like circulation-boosting liquorice root (ideal for those looking for Kylie Jenner lips without the surgery). I haven’t managed to get to the end of my first ball yet but can’t wait to do so and build up a little gold ring-holder collection!

Su-Man Facial Glow Rejuvenating Masks
My favourite facialist, Su-Man, recently released her Facial Glow Rejuvenating Masks to the public and I couldn’t get my face in one fast enough. As a celebrity facialist, it will never be as easy to book in with her as it will be to throw on a mask on a flight so I split my pack open and hoped for the time-crunched best.

Thankully, they’re fantastic. Using advanced bio cellulose technology, orchid extract, seawater mineral concentrate, brown algae, peptides and more, the Rejuvenating Masks blend her Asian-influenced skincare know-how and comforting demeanor to hydrate, brighten, soothe, and plump for the youngest and freshest-looking skin imaginable. In 10 minutes. Seriously now.

Boutique Spa Manicure
Though I manage to get away with it here in Internetland, I get called up on my lack of nail care all the time in my daily life. Chipped nail polish and Lela London are practically synonymous. But I’m trying to make a change. Which is why I popped into Boutique Spa for a manicure the day before a photoshoot.

The spas are dotted all over London, have longer operating hours than any of their competitors (10am to 9.30pm), and give you a 10% discount if you book through their app, meaning they are the perfect option for even the most forgetful customer. Ahem.

If a 30 minute Shania Twain singalong with a manicurist is all it takes to take away my forgetful nail anxiety, I’d say a regular appointment is more than worth it.

Veet Sensitive Precision Beauty Styler
Like most women, I feel like I’m always on the brink of perfect eyebrows but never quite there. That was, in fact, until I went to the launch of Veet’s new Sensitive Precision Beauty Styler and learned that a few quick strokes could give me high definition-ready brows. The Styler – designed for use on our most sensitive areas (face, underarms and bikini) – is quick, gentle, and uses a selection of electric blades (there are two different trimming heads) to shape the areas to perfection. As the blades don’t touch the skin, these is also no risk of cuts. My brows couldn’t be happier.

Korres Wild Rose CC Cream SPF 30
Last but not least, my saviour of Boardmasters Festival: the Korres Wild Rose CC Cream. I had been trialling the product in lieu of foundation for a few weeks and loved the finish – even skin that still shows my freckles – but didn’t fall in love with it until its SPF factor got me through a few days in the sun having accidentally packed a dodgy body SPF product.

The cream corrects, smooths, brightens, and protects like no other CC cream in the market. It is everything you could want from ‘no-makeup makeup’ alongside long term skin benefits. I will never be without this in my makeup bag.

su man facial
If there is one name in the skincare world renowned by celebrities and beauty editors alike, it’s Su-Man – the facialist of Freida Pinto, Joely Richardson. Olga Kurylenko, Juliette Binoche, and many more skinsational beauties.

Last week, I braved the open skies of London and high-tailed it to the Away Spa at W London to finally get my face into her expert hands.

After examining my skin underneath a freehand digital microscope it took all of ten seconds for us to get acquainted, have a giggle, and get me topless.

This is how all great friendships begin.

For the next hour and a half, Su-Man used an experienced combination of Asian wisdom and Western science to completely transform the texture of my skin. Though my skin has always been sensitive and prone to redness, I was completely amazed to see that the more Su-Man worked on my skin the less redness there was. After a deep cleanse and manual impurity extraction, Su-Man moves on to exfoliate, apply a mask, and take a break for a life-changing deep tissue massage of the neck, shoulders, arms, hands, legs and feet.

This alone took the traditional facial experience to an entirely new plane.

To finish, Su-Man applies a combination of her skin care products with each massage stroke repeated 36 times in accordance to the ancient Chinese belief that the number six is lucky and helps lead the individual to a perfect state of health and happiness.

I spent the rest of the day makeup-free without a single insecurity and have enjoyed lifted, purified and energised skin every day since. You can absolutely judge this book by her cover.

(For bookings, contact facials@su-man.com)