If you watch my instagram stories, you’ll know that despite all my efforts to lead a salubrious life, I am easily seduced by the promise of a good party, with hubs always expressing his amazement at my ability to transform myself from greasy-haired, spotty-skinned, hoodie-wearing house creature into something resembling a woman when lured by the promise of dazzling people and a glass of something fizzy. He wouldn’t be quite so amazed if he knew about this arsenal //
Skin Stuff / At some point during the festive season, my skin will go bonkers. To strengthen it before the storm, I make sure it’s deeply hydrated by using something containing hyaluronic acid. Current pick: Institut Esthederm Intensif Hyaluronic Serum. When spots/dryness/rashes hit, I turn to Heal Gel, applying it over my serum and under my SPF. What can’t be calmed is covered with Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.
Hair Tools / I’ve noticed that styling hair with a little tool leads to far fewer burns and mistakes, so I got my hands on the Cloud Nine Micro Iron after seeing Sam McKnight deftly use it backstage during LFW. I use this on my fringe and the sections close to my face, and then set my hair with Bumble + bumble’s new Strong Finish Firm Hold Hairspray (literally does what it says on the tin).
The Bod / Overall, I’m pretty good at looking after my body skin because I am one of those odd humans who finds the process of scrubbing and moisturising a pleasure, but in preparation to expose a little more than usual during the winter when pasty, I take things up a notch. If I need a tan, I spray on Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer (cheaper than St. Tropez but equally as brilliant, offering up glow – not orange – after an hour). I’m also addicted to Legology Air-Lite, which is a total indulgence but makes my legs feel a little less puffy and heavy and therefore always comes out if I’m wearing a skirt.
The Morning After / I find scent hugely helpful when feeling slightly the worse for wear. Citrus is my favourite, and I liberally roll my Ila Vital Energy Aroma Roller across my wrists and neck throughout hungover mornings. I also find a shower helps, especially when I use an invigorating scrub to make me feel clean. My current choice is Optiat The Hungover Coffee Scrub, which has a dense enough concentration of granules to really slough off dead skin, suspended in a fresher than fresh peppermint gel. The brand also has a rather nice backstory – click here to read about them.
In General / Scent and supplements, they’re key. I’m currently obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream, not least because I am always told that I smell amazing when wearing it and asked for details. While I try to pop my probiotics and some vitamin A daily, I always – ALWAYS – take omegas when taxing the old form – they keep my skin, hair and nails looking glossy and also bolster my immune system. I’m currently popping Perricone MD Omega Supplements.