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Perfumes That Smell like Summer

Light and sheer is where it’s at for the warmer months. To take on the heat, I wear super fresh colognes with a twist during the day and warm, sun-kissed scents for the balmy nights ahead. Or vice-versa…depending on my mood!

THE FRESH SPLASHES
When I feel a bit androgynous and tomboyish:
Jo Malone Basil & Neroli Cologne
Fredric Malle Cologne Indelebile
Rochas Eau de Rochas
4711 Original Eau de Cologne
Sisley Eau de Campagne Eau De Toilette

THE WARM SCENTS
When I feel subtly sexy:
Jil Sander Sun Eau De Toilette Natural Spray
Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum
Tom Ford Soleil Blanc
Philosophy Pure Grace Summer
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess

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Up All Night

I love wearing my hair down – in fact I rarely wear it up. But there’s something powerful and unapologetically elegant about pulling it all back. Here are the looks that inspire me to step out of my comfort zone and try it for myself, with a little help from stylist Syd Hayes.

Toolkit

1 Babyliss Pro Backcomb Brush
Bumble and bumble Prêt-a-Powder
3 Babyliss Pro Conical Wand
OUAI Medium Hair Spray
Hershesons Pin Me Down Hair Pins
6 Babyliss Pro 3Q Hairdryer

 

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Smooth Moves

Whilst the beach might not be calling your name just yet – it’s never too early to look and feel the part. As the saying goes, summer bodies are made in winter. Though that makes me slightly roll my eyes, I do like the idea of making small but manageable adjustments. And one such is to use an exfoliating scrub regularly, even when there is no body skin on show.

I used to neglect my body in winter – seeing as it’s all hidden away, I worked from the theory “out of sight, out of mind”, only to go into panic mode when faced with scaly winter skin. I remember once interviewing Elle Macpherson and she told me she exfoliated in the shower every day, so she doesn’t need to beach-prep as she is year-round ready. That stuck with me and once I overcame my ‘can’t-be-asked’ attitude, I started doing my own version – I’m not a supermodel who needs to be able to slip on a bikini at the drop of a hat, so thrice a week exfoliation is enough. And though it’s only a teeny thing – this tweak has made a big difference about how I feel about myself (and am kind of loving having perma-soft skin). Here’s my round up of the best body exfoliators:

1. L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Scrub

This is hands-down the best scrub for very dry skin – thick and nourishing, thanks to generous dose of shea butter and apricot oil.

2. Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Polish

Exfoliates rough patches including those tiny keratosis pilaris bumps on the backs of your arms with its effective lactic acid formula, combined with ultra-fine microdermabrasion granules.

3. Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream

Completely gets rid of rough skin and the minty scent is so crisp and refreshing. Great for everybody, including oily skins.

4. Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub

For Smooth Skin Satisfyingly grainy without being scratchy – it practically melts away flakiness.

5. Bliss Hot Salt Scrub

Brace yourself – this super invigorating salt scrub heats up as you rub it over dry skin and then cools down when you rinse it off – leaving your skin softened and revived.

6. Vita Liberata Super Fine Skin Polish

An ultra moisturising gooey cream that leaves skin so soft and hydrated – perfect to even out skin in between self-tan applications.

7. Jo Malone Vitamin E Body Treatment Scrub

So luxe. The buttery soft paste gently buffs with smoothing sugar and salt, plus softening wheat-germ, avocado and olive oil, which stays on skin, obliterating the need for a body moisturizer.

8. Ole Henriksen Rub’ n Buff  Salt Scrub

The smell is so heavenly – sweet and lemony and it leaves skin baby fresh.

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The most iconic hair products of all-time

What makes a product a true standout? Mainly that it works, but also that it stands the test of time. I struggle with styling my hair – it’s not a particular skill set of mine. More often that not, I’ll attempt a look, fail miserably and then throw it all up into a haphazard bun or ponytail. But I’ve learnt that even someone as amateurish as me, can achieve something pretty decent when using the right products, because they can make all the difference.

 

1 Christophe Robin Instant Volumizing Mist with Rose Water I have an aversion to anything sticky – this lightweight mist, not only smells of fresh aquatic roses, but also delivers lightweight root boost.

2 Kerastase Masquintense The gold standard of all deep hair treatments – it transforms tattered strands by restoring shine, sealing in moisture and padding out the holes in damaged hair’s cuticles.

3 Pantene Smart Pro-V Repair and Protect Shampoo I like everything about this shampoo. Even though I try loads of other way fancier ones, I always come back to this. It gives dull hair a life, makes it clean and glossy, plus I love the smell.

4 Klorane Tinted Dry Shampoo I reach for this whenever I need a flat-hair fix. It boosts body at the roots and because it has a brown tint, it doesn’t make my hair look chalky unlike other dry shampoos.

5 L’Oreal Paris Elnett The ultimate hairspray you’ll find in EVERY hairstylist’s kit. It’s weightless, yet delivers super strong hold without any crispy stickiness – magic!

6 Kiehl’s Crème with Silk Groom My hair is not exactly frizzy – but it likes to pouf. I spread this through wet hair from mid-length to ends and then twist it into a low bun and let it all air–dry. The result? Perfectly undone waves.

7 Ouai Soft Mousse When I need a bit of oomph, but don’t want my hair weighed down I reach for this mousse. It enhances my natural hair texture yet isn’t heavy or worse, crunchy.

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The Sexy Smell of Winter

As a beauty writer I’ve always found writing about fragrance to be the hardest thing. How do you describe an emotion? The way we all respond to the same fragrance is wildly different and that’s what makes us unique.

I switch up my scents seasonally: in Summer I crave flowery aromas like jasmine and orange blossom, whilst in the colder months, I’m drawn to sultrier extracts such as amber, wood and patchouli. I want my perfume to feel like it’s enveloping me, soft and warm like a cashmere wrap. And this seasonal shift actually makes sense: when its hot and humid, the body releases fragrance much more than when it’s dry and cold, so it goes to reason that we want to wear richer scents in winter as they travel less. Here are my personal favourites:

winter-perfume

Jo Malone Myrrh & Tonka
A beautiful oriental with obviously myrrh and tonka bean, but it’s the unexpected dash of lavender that makes this truly special.

Guerlain Shalimar
This is so sexy and comforting at once. Overly vanilla-ish scents aren’t usually my vibe –but here it’s slashed with bergamot, jasmine and iris which lends it an elegant powdery trail.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Grand Soir
Warm, fleshy and luxurious…but never overpowering. The way the amber and spanish labdanum notes intermingle is simply smouldering.

Diptyque Benjoin Boheme
Spicy and balsamic accords of sandalwood and Indonesian patchouli leaf make for an intense, fleshy skin scent.

Kiehl’s Original Musk
Originally named ‘love oil’ and unsurprisingly so: patchouli, musk and ylang-ylang are married with neroli and bergamot for a memorable long-lasting scent that will stay with you all day or night.

Chanel Coromandel
Is my ultimate. I love it so so much. The warm amber, cut with incense and benzoin is what gives it its addictive quality.

Tom Ford Vert Boheme
Earthy, cool and robust, this riff on a classic green scent is perfectly balanced by feminine magnolia and flowery violet leaf.

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Winter Body Softeners

It’s a fact that in winter, the skin’s protective barrier is at its most vulnerable: Lower humidity levels due to colder temperatures, coupled with elevated thermostats suck moisture out of the skin’s outermost layer, which leads to tightness, flakiness, itchiness and at worst painful cracks. Whilst most of us are pretty good at looking after our faces, whatever lies below the neck, often gets sadly neglected. Here are some tricks for getting through the cold patch smoothly.

1 Shower Correctly
You’re thinking ‘has she gone mad? Now she wants to tell us how to take a shower!’ Yes indeed I do – because as tempting as it may be to dilly-dally in a steaming hot shower, it strips away your skin’s protective oils. The solution? Cut down on shower time and turn the heat to lukewarm instead of piping hot. And most importantly: chuck your soap. Soap breaks down your skin’s lipid layer even more aggressively than hot water. Instead try a non-stripping cleanser like Eucerin Urea Repair Plus Replenishing Body Wash (perfect for very dry skin and even eczema and psoriasis) or my daily fave Origins Salt Suds Body Wash (so softening and smoothing for normal to dry skin).

2 Upgrade your Body Lotion
Here is a fact for you: facial skin has more oil glands than the skin on the rest of your body (except the chest and back – hence why some people get breakouts there). So it stands to reason that everyone needs a richer body lotion for oil-deprived areas like legs and arms. For normal/dry skin lookout for formulas with humectants like glycerin and urea (I like E45 Intense Recovery Lotion and Soaper Duper Zingy Ginger Body Butter) and for very dry flaky skin go for more occlusive ingredients like Shea Butter (such as L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream).

3 Double-Lock in Moisture
When my skin is seriously scaly I do this: After showering, I apply Elizabeth Arden 8hour All-Over Miracle Oil to my still wet skin and rub it in. after toweling my skin dry, I add a layer of body cream on top to seal in the oil. The result is the softest skin EVER.

4 Grease Up your paws
My hands suffer most in winter because I’m rubbish at wearing gloves, so they get cold, red and really rough from being outdoors. And the reason is that wind is actually very damaging because it removes surface oils from the skin, which leads to chapping. During the day I wear Ultrasun SPF30 Fast Absorbing Hand Cream as I get the sun protection too. And at night I cover my hands with Udderly Smooth Extra Care Cream, which is literally a miracle cure.

5 Make Foot Time
Feet are mostly hidden away in winter – but out of sight, should not mean out of mind. I slather Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream over my feet before climbing into bed and when they are in serious need of relief, I apply a tick layer of Aquaphor Healing Ointment and slip into cotton socks.