Five Beauty Favourites 2020

Five Beauty Favourites 2020

*Gifted. It’s safe to say it’s been a dark, wet and miserable start to 2020, I don’t think we have seen the sunshine so far this year and my skin has been bearing the brunt of this. My skin has felt dry and dull, what with the effects of the central heating and lack of sunshine, I have really been relying on my skincare and makeup to help revive my complexion. I thought I would share with you a few products that have become staples in my routine which I’ve been using religiously over the past couple of months.

Five Beauty Favourites 2020

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane 30ml

I love so many products from The Ordinary Skincare but this serum is pretty epic. I have used it for over a year now and can’t imagine my skincare routine without it. Apart from the fact this brand is incredibly affordable their skincare is fantastic quality and shows real results. This didn’t irritate my skin despite it having quite a high concentration of Retinoid, it is easy to apply and doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy. I apply it at night 2 – 3 times a week, as my first step after cleansing and I wake up with smooth, bright, plump skin. Over time this serum helps increase cell turnover and stimulate collagen which helps to reduce the signs of ageing, like uneven skin tone, age spots and reduces fine lines & wrinkles.

This product is a great way to achieve that youthful, healthy glow, in terms of long term use you really see your complexion improve. It is like liquid gold! Just remember Retinoids can react with more sensitive skin, so dilute at first if you are concerned (or use the 1% version) also please remember to use a high factor SPF as your skin will be more vulnerable to the damaging effects of UVA & UVB rays.

Vegan & Cruelty Free

Tropic Beauty Booster Sheer Foundation SPF35*

Although I’m someone who doesn’t like to wear much makeup on a daily basis, I still like that look of being put together and like my skin to look evened out with a little glow. This Beauty Booster from Tropic gives me just that. It is lightweight and I just apply it with my fingers on top of my moisturiser. It leaves my skin with a nice touch of colour, helping to reduce redness, uneven skin tone and gives the illusion that I haven’t seen the sun for MONTHS! The other wonderful things about this lightweight, almost tinted moisturiser (with a bit more coverage) is the fact it has UVA, UVB and HEV (artificial light) protection and SPF35, so if you do venture out you know your skin is well protected.

Antioxidant-rich resveratrol and vitamin E help to condition the skin, while building defences against daily pollution. Titanium dioxide gives a mineral SPF of 35 to shield against everyday exposure. So if you’re looking for a base that gives you an even, lightweight, natural dewy finish then this Tropic Beauty Booster is the one. I have been loving it and using it every day as my base to combat my tired, dry winter skin!

Vegan & Cruelty Free

Miller Harris Peau Santal Perfume

Miller Harris Peau Santal Perfume*

This is my happiness in a bottle, it smells beautiful and so luxurious, it makes me feel amazing whenever I wear it. The scent is uplifting and just gives me a reminder that warmer, brighter days are on the horizon (even if it is raining cats and dogs). It has such a rich, warm creamy scent but you get a hint of fresh, airy crisp notes as it settles. I am not exaggerating when I say this perfume is the most sophisticated and beautiful perfume I have ever owned, and I love quite a few Miller Harris perfumes but this one has something special.

The woody notes add a real touch of warmth and class whilst the bergamot and cashmere give it creaminess and class. The pink pepper, amber and vanilla make it modern and very sexy.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Pink Pepper and Saffron
Heart Notes: Olibanum, Violet Leaf and Papyrus
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Cashmere Woods, Crisp Amber, Vanilla CO2 Extract and Moss

This would make the most luxurious, thoughtful gift or treat to yourself, it’s a beautiful perfume and the scent lasts so long, I can smell it on my scarf/coat days after I have spritzed it. The quality is second to none. The bottle is also beautiful, the minimal dusky pink give it a subtle, classy feel and the simple gold accents on the font and the lid add a touch of luxury, the bottle is very weighty too and feels so nice in your hand and also looks great on your vanity.

Ark Skincare Firming Serum

ARK Skin Perfector Firming Serum*

I tried a few products from UK based ARK skincare last year and was very impressed with their ethos of products that target specific skin concerns depending on your age, as our skin changes so much as we get older and ARK have targeted skincare so it is easy for you to include it in your routine and see fantastic results.  This Firming Serum has been a skincare saviour for me this year as it targets your skins loss of elasticity and works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and with my skin being so dry from the weather it has helped smooth, hydrate and plump! So if like me you’re in your early 40s this is a wonderful product to use for long term results. I like to mix the serum in with my moisturiser and apply it as part of my morning skincare regime.

It is jam packed with some wonderful ingredients that help keep your skin looking fresh, smooth and healthy.

Micro Algae Extract – Highly purified microalgae extract delivers an instant and long-term tightening effects

Hyaluronic Acid – Active 100% natural Hyaluronic Acid locks moisture in the skin matrix and improves collagen synthesis. Skin appears firmer and more flexible, while fine lines are plumped and smoothed.

Biomimetic Lipopeptide Idealift – targets skin sagging and improves resistance to gravity by promoting skin’s elastic fibre architecture

ARK Skincare is proudly developed & manufactured in Britain. Cruelty Free, with many of their products being Vegan friendly. They use Bioactive, natural ingredients that are gentle on your skin but give effective results.  You can browse their entire range on their website www.arkskincare.com  and tailor your skincare for your specific skin concerns and age.

The Ordinary Retinoid SerumSkincare

Delilah Illuminating Powder in Aura

I love this compact, not only the fact that it is a beautiful rose gold & pewter but it has a good size mirror which makes it perfect for keeping in your handbag. This stunning bronzing/highlighter is also a wonderful product to add a touch of radiance to that Winter complexion without going OTT on the glow. It’s a mix of rose gold, soft peach and lavender pink and I just swirl my brush to pick up a little of all the colours and it gives my cheekbones a nice bronzy warm touch of colour. Such a beautiful product and a very luxurious and not so well known brand, their blushers are super nice too.

*Products have been provided as PR samples but reviews are 100% my own.

Miller Harris Lost In The City Fragrance

Miller Harris LOST in the City Fragrance

Lost In The City Miller Harris Fragrance

Miller Harris Lost in the City EDP – 100ml/£140

Although I currently live in the beautiful Cornish countryside I’m 100% a city girl at heart so this beautiful fragrance from Miller Harris really appealed to me. Miller Harris has created a fragrance that gives a nod to the beauty of rural Britain but with an urban twist. They wanted to use ingredients that can be found growing wild in London which makes this fragrance a wonderful mix of the fresh outdoors combined with hints of a Summer in a city.  Lost in the city really is everything you can imagine and more. I am loving its crisp, fresh notes especially as Spring is fast approaching.

Miller Harris EDP Lost

The fresh, lush notes really contrast with crisp, sharp notes and that’s what makes this fragrance really interesting and just the right amount of unusual to make it different. It has everything I look for in a fragrance and more.

Head Notes: Bergamot Zest, Angelica Seed, Blackcurrant

Heart Notes: Rhubarb, Rose petals, Geranium

Base Notes: Earl Grey Tea, Crisp Amber, Musk

I love the initial zesty, fruity notes, they’re so refreshing and work so well layered with the pretty light floral notes of rose and geranium mixed with that bold sharp rhubarb which is so unusual. Finally, the rich musk, amber and Earl grey tea leave you with such an intense, warm and sophisticated scent. This perfume is such a treat and the notes contrast yet compliment each other and that for me makes it a stand out perfume. I have been loving wearing it and it is a fragrance that lasts ALL day long, it does not fade away but stays full and rich for hours. It is such a luxurious scent and it makes me feel amazing when I wear it.

Miller Harris LOST Perfume

In keeping with Miller Harris’ environmental principles, the packaging uses sustainable or recycled materials in surprising new ways, teaming up with Smile Plastics, whose unique composites are made from waste materials, from bottle tops to yoghurt pots, to create distinctive and beautiful fragrance holders which can be reused as keepsake boxes. It looks almost like marble and the bottle looks really pretty sat in the holder on your vanity. It is so nice to see a brand using recycled materials in their packaging.

I think this is the ideal scent for the fresh, warmer months, so if you’re looking to add a new fragrance to your collection I highly recommend checking out Miller Harris Lost in the City.

Miller Harris LOST in the City Fragrance

Miller Harris is available online at www.millerharris.co.uk or you can search for your nearest stockest here

All Miller Harris products are vegan, suitable for vegetarians and Cruelty-free. You can be confident that their products are formulated entirely without animal-derived products.

*This post contains PR samples that were gifted for review purpose.

Miller Harris Powdered Veil Fragrance

Miller Harris is the ultimate in luxury for me when it comes to fragrance. Their products are quite unique and incredible quality. I have really loved everything I have tried from them and I have been wearing Powdered Veil every day for well over a month now. I think it has an air of confident sophistication about it & that is how I feel when I wear it.

NEW Miller Harris Powdered Veil

Miller Harris was founded 15 years ago by expert parfumer Lyn Harris who spent five years training in Paris, then in Grasse at Robertet, the world’s leader in natural aromatic ingredients. Whilst respecting tradition, Miller Harris strives to push the boundaries, creating exquisitely crafted fragrances that are innovative yet timeless. Miller Harris perfumes are beautiful, luxurious and timeless. 

Powdered Veil is the latest offering from Miller Harris and it is a modern nod to old school Hollywood glamour. This Eau de Parfum is rich, fresh, sexy and warm all in one. Miller Harris describes this scent as,

Delicately powdery and sweetly resinous, amber is the definitive oriental accord and, in Powdered Veil, it is given a nuanced and translucent air. The sparkling freshness of spicy pink pepper flirts with a twist of rosy geranium. A sensuous orchid accord provides a fragile and haunting floralcy to the heart, combined with transparent florals and the luminous freshness of hedione. A rich and radiant lasting impression of soft powder is created through the combination of amber, vanilla Bourbon and musk, where a sensual and animalic vibration of labdanum combines with sandalwood to create intimacy and warmth.

Miller Harris Powdered Veil Perfume

Miller Harris Powdered Veil EDP 100ml – £105

Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Rhubarb, Geranium

Heart Notes: Floral, Hedione, Orchid

Base Notes: Sandalwood, Patchouli, Amber, Labdanum, Bourbon Vanilla, Cashmeran

When you first spritz this subtly powdery fragrance it has a real touch of sweetness which is quite refreshing. This leads into more fruity fresh notes which are uplifting and delicate. Then when left to settle it reveals its more confident, warm, rich notes which I think make this perfume feel modern, sensual and very romantic. I love the mix of fruity, floral and sweet notes with the more warm, elegant, rich woody and musk notes. It works so well and gives it layers the change as it wears throughout the day. It is a great day to night scent and one that has a confident edge to it.

Miller Harris Powdered Veil Matte Pink Bottle

The packaging for Powdered Veil is quite different from what we’re used to from Miller Harris. The bottle shape is still the familiar weighty squared off design but they have stepped away from the clear bottle. This offering comes in a simple, sophisticated matte pink bottle. The contrast of the soft matte pink bottle and the gold embossed lettering really gives the design a modern, glamorous and sleek look that compliments the fragrance.

Powdered Veil Perfume Review

It’s always quite difficult to describe a fragrance because they’re such a personal product. Everyone’s take on a scent is different but I do I urge you to seek out your local Miller Harris retailer so you can explore their range for yourself. They have a very wide selection of scents and I just know you will fall in love with at least one.

Powdered Veil is available now online at www.millerharris.com & selected retailers throughout the UK

Molton Brown Jasmine & Sun Rose Collection

I love to switch up my perfume as the season’s change and I think this is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a new scent. So August saw Molton Brown release their stunning new Pretty Bold – Jasmine & Sun Rose Collection. This Collection celebrates being fearlessly feminine and looks to empower women and their individuality. The range centres around the starring note, the jasmine flower, which is both beautifully delicate yet exceptionally powerful. I think It’s the perfect scent to see us through the end of a beautiful Summer and take us into a crisp fresh Autumn.

Jasmine and Sun Rose Collection Molton Brown

The new Jasmine & Sun Rose fragrance is a mix of fruity and floral, layered with warm sexy feminine notes. It’s a real scent journey and I just love the boldness of the sharp fruity notes coupled with the more smooth and sexy notes of bergamot and musk. It is a real treat and I think it will be a great transitional scent as the seasons change.

As I mentioned this new collection is a celebration of fearless femininity and I’m totally onboard with that. I love anything that champions modern femininity. At its core, this Jasmine & Sun Rose collection is beautifully feminine but I also like that it has a rich, sexy, bold vibe to it too. I think it’s quite a contemporary feminine fragrance and one I think you’re going to love.

New Molton Brown Jasmine Sun Rose Collection

Opening with fresh Bergamot, Raspberry and soft Peach, the captivating scent is enhanced by a delicate heart of Rose, Jasmine and Osmanthus, before settling on a luxurious Patchouli and Musk base.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Raspberry, Peach
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine, Rose, Osmanthus
  • Base Notes: Labdanum, Patchouli, Musk

The peach and raspberry give this fragrance a real sweet fruitiness that has a juicy touch. The floral notes of osmanthus, jasmine and rose add a classic feminine layer whilst the notes of musk, patchouli and bergamot add that bold, modern sexy feel. This is a fragrance that works for day or night. When it is first spritzed you can really make out the fruity notes but once settled down the elegant, rich, sexy notes of musk and patchouli really come through.

Molton Brown Pretty Bold Jasmine Sun Rose

Molton Brown Jasmine & Sun Rose Collection

Bath & Shower Gel £20/€22

Jasmine & Sun Rose Eau de Toilette 100ml £69/€75

Jasmine & Sun Rose Eau de Toilette 50ml £45/€49

Jasmine & Sun Rose Body Lotion £25/€31

Jasmine & Sun Rose Exquisite Bathing Oil £39/€49

Molton Brown Luxurious Fragrance

The packaging for this collection is simply stunning & to illustrate the fragrance, Molton Brown has collaborated with acclaimed British artist Rhea Thierstein evoking the soul of this fragrance in her own piece of moving art. The bottles themselves are the classic Molton Brown deigns but the colours have a feminine peachy, pink hue and the gift boxes are just extra special. They look like a colourful marble effect and this is one box that I will be keeping, it really is too nice to throw away.

Molton Brown Jasmine Sun Rose Perfume

So if you like classic scents with a modern twist you need to check out this latest offering from Molton Brown. I’m going to pop into a store and treat myself to the bath & shower gel.

As always with fragrance I highly recommend popping into a store & giving it a test, I think it will make a gorgeous Summer/Autumn transitional scent and of course, Molton Brown products always make fantastic gifts.

Molton Brown’s Jasmine & Sun Rose Collection is available nationwide instore & online and also at select John Lewis Stores.

*this post contains PR samples