August: Skincare Favourites

Monday, August 6th 2018 0

Caroline Hirons, Space NK and more

During this beautiful heatwave, make-up is becoming less of a concern and a less-is-more beauty approach is my priority. Here are a few skincare picks I've been using this month to keep my skin glowing.

Caroline Hirons X Space NK Clean Decoded Box, £95 (worth £200)

I think it only fair to open the August beauty discussion by beginning with Caroline Hirons. The queen of skincare herself has teamed up with Space NK to create a green beauty box. Caroline is quite notably not of the opinion that products necessarily need to be green, however she has chosen her favourites that truly work and still tick that box.

Caroline HIrons Space NK Clean Decoded

Featuring some heroes like the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask and Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (both firm favourites of mine), plus to die for additions like a mini Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder and some Herbivore oil that I can’t wait to delve into, this is a generous edit not to be missed.

Caroline HIrons Space NK Clean Decoded

Caroline truly knows her stuff when it comes to skincare, and will always offer her time to help. It’s a brilliant box and I know it will be a huge success (although, judging from my Instagram feed, it definitely won’t be around for long so run, don’t walk).

Caroline HIrons Space NK Clean Decoded

Pixi Retinol Tonic, £10

If you’ve read my blog for some time you’ll know that Pixi is one of my all time favourite brands. Their skincare, in particular, is so active and truly works but comes at an affordable price point. So you can imagine my delight to share that they have extended their range of tonics to include a Retinol Tonic. Used every night, this will work to repair the skin and is the most important skincare step in anti-ageing care. Love your Glow Tonic? Caroline told me that the best way to use these is to use Glow Tonic by morning, Retinol Tonic by night.

Pixi Retinol Tonic

Seoulista Instant Facial Masks, £7.99 each

I love using face masks of all different varieties. I just find them to be a real moment for myself and equally the perfect opportunity to be social. (As you may know, I always put a mask on my dad whenever I do one myself. Check out #MasksMyDadLoves on Instagram.)

My latest discovery, these new Seoulista sheet masks, are a coconut infused series of masks designed to soothe all manner of skin concerns. Their whole premise is that of an ‘instant facial’, offering real results in 20 minutes flat with no need for a visit to the facialist.

Seoulista Instant Facial

Now, you’ll have to excuse the photo, because we didn’t read the label properly and had a subsequent application fail. BUT, what I can tell you is that the results we both saw from our respective masks were fantastic. My red skin was soothed, hydrated and much less red post-mask.

Masks my dad loves seoulista

Fresh Sugar Chocolate Hydrating Lip Balm, £15

Lip balms are my personal jam – I use lip balm all day every day and love trying new treatments. At the moment, one of my favourites is this chocolatey pot of joy from Fresh. Though it looks lavishly brown in the jar, it imparts a translucent sheen on the lips and is suitable to use alone or layered over any lip colour. It smells good enough to eat, as with everything at Fresh.

Fresh sugar chocolate hydrating lip balm

Fresh Limited Edition Soy Face Cleanser, £34.50

While we’re talking Fresh Beauty, another find of theirs that I’ve been loving is a limited illustrated version of their classic Soy Cleanser. The Fresh Soy Cleanser is one of their heroes, a lightweight, calming lotion that gently cleanses the skin. To add a splash of colour to their little gem, they’ve teamed up with illustrator Blair Breitenstein to reimagine the original Soy girl from the early packaging. Crucially, this is now in a jumbo 200ml size, so dedicated fans (and believe me, there are many. This is a cult product if ever I knew one) can rejoice.

fresh blair breitenstein soy cleanser

Wildsmith Skin, prices vary

A new brand for your radar, I recently learned a little about Wildsmith Skin and though I haven’t personally tried anything yet the story behind the brand sounds fascinating. A completely natural brand, Wildsmith believe that they deliver cosmeceutical results (something not typically affiliated with natural or green brands) and they are to my knowledge the first natural brand to be embarking upon clinical trials.

Wildskin cleansing balm

Alongside their skincare line, they also create a beautiful magazine in print and online edited by one of beauty’s greats, Kathleen Baird Murray.

Wildskin facial oil

What are the skincare pieces you’re loving this month? Message me on Instagram @MixedGemsBeauty and tell me.

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