The Beauty Box

My beauty regime has taken a bit of a nose dive over the past few months, due to working flat out moving and renovating Paul’s new offices situated on 66 Deansgate in Manchester. Working on a building site, project managing contractors, builders, electricians, landscape gardeners and AV support teams, I’ve had very little time to myself. I am ashamed to say I have neglected my skin so it was time to make a change and invest in some new products and some ‘me-time.’

Stripped Bare

I’ve always been a fan of facial scrubs, due to having oily skin on my t-zone area, and as most women will know, at certain times of the month, you can have sporadic breakouts. I’ve always been a fan of Molton Brown toliettries, and love the Pink Peppercorn range, so I decided to try the pampering body polisher (£34.00). The scent is to die for, but more importantly its gritty so you can really feel the scrub getting into blocked pores on the forehead, nose and chin. After massaging the scrub gently into my skin, a thorough rinse and a quick pat dry with a towel, my skin was left smooth, silky and surprisingly super moisturised. It doesn’t leave a dry, ashy feel, in fact it felt like I’d applied moisuriser immediately afterward which is rare for a facial scrubs. I was onto a winner!


Silky Serum

I just recently signed up to a cosmetic distribution company, called Glossybox. For a £10 a month subscription, you receive a beautifully packed pink box full of trial size beauty products. When signing up you enter your skin and hair colour and type, and they match certain products for you to try. With me being a busy working mummy, this was perfect, as I dont have time to read magazines and shop for new products. This month I have been using the Hey Honey Good Morning facial serum which has a beautiful texture and is very easy to apply and massage into the skin. Its very similar to a primer with a silky but matte finish, leaving a great base for your make up.


Showstopping Mascara

I’ve always had ridiculously small, fine eyelashes and have recently stopped wearing individual party lashes. As nice as the look, the glue was pulling out my own lashes and they were becoming even more sparce. I now only use disposable strips for nights out for a fuller more dramatic look. During the day I simply use mascara, but I have never found a really good mascara that gives a long natural look. I came across Dior Show mascara (£23.50) when I worked at Harvey Nichols in my student days, so on a recent shopping trip I decided to invest in a tube again and give it a go. The brush is chubby and full of lots of micro bristles. The texture of the product is quite thick and dries very quickly which is how I prefer them. I hate watery, thin mascaras that need tons of time consuming coats. A few coats and curls of this mascara later and my lashes complete my overall look, giving me a wide, fresher, doe-eyed flutter.



Baby Hair Control

My hair is my thing. Its the one beauty regime that never slacks or has a day off. Even my bad hair days are not really that bad. Its just not allowed. One technique I think is important to complete and finish of my styling process is taming my baby hairs. I like them to look smooth, slick and unnoticeable. My hairdresser recommended an edge control gel, Eco Styler (£3.99) which is alcohol free, and has a maximum hold on keeping those flyaway hairs down. I’ve used so many different products in the past and most of them lose their hold after a gust of wind attacks you or your whipping your hair on the dance floor.

To apply, I use a hard bristle toothbrush to dip into the gel and brush the gel into my baby hairs to smooth down. Once it dries, it sets and stays there all day. In fact some mornings its still in the same position as the day before. Its one of the best Afro Caribbean hair products I’ve used and is great for natural Afro curls to straight relaxed hair.




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