When the box of Scentered products popped through my door, I really didn’t take all that much notice of them – in fact, the tins made me think they were ‘speciality teas’ which I’m not a fan of (just give me a cup of Tetley and I’m happy). So, when I got round to looking properly at them, I was genuinely delighted to find that each tin contains a little aromatherapy balm to address several different stress situations.
There are five varieties, and I’ll briefly run though them with key oils used:
Stress Less: for every day tensions containing Chamomile, Neroli and Mandarin.
Sleep Well: self explanatory with Palmarosa, Lavender and Ylang Ylang.
Focus: for days when your mind is swimmy with too much stuff, containing Rosemary, Peppermint and Clary Sage.
Love: for stress or grief, containing Cedarwood, Rose and Patchouli.
Escape: for a battery recharge, containing Oud, Frankincense and Sandalwood.
I know that aromatherapy can do astounding things for the senses; I’m a different person after an Aromatherapy Associates bath, but I like the Scentered Balms more for making you stop and assess your mood. I don’t think there’s anyone who doesn’t have some stress points during the day – the simple act of stopping, applying the balm and inhaling the theraputic grade aromatherapy oils in itself will give you reason to check yourself and your mindset. The one that’s of most use to me is Focus, although what I’d really like to do is cover my whole body in Stress Less and go back to bed!
Like everyone else in America, we’re obsessing over our favorite fall TV shows, so when we got the opportunity to get some MAJOR benetips from the beauty team behind the non-stop fab look of Washington DC’s fave fixers, we totally freaked. With the long hours of a TV crew, these ladies have secrets with some serious staying power. If it keeps their cast looking fine for the HD cameras all day long, it should have us looking bright and shiny, even after long days at the office, amirite?
Our first pro-tip is to use majorette to add color to a tired face & always look alive, no matter how rough your day has been. Our beauty experts tell us that, “Majorette is a must have. All you need is a touch for a day look, and then add more for an all-out fashionista blush moment later.” And who doesn’t love an all-out fashionista moment!? To boost your glow-factor even more, they suggest hoola to bronze and contour the cheek and chin area. Insider info: they love to use hoola on the men! (Hello, Mr. President!)
Obviously, with the crazy-long hours, seriously strong concealer is a must-have. Our pros recommend mixing erase paste with foundation to blast tough under eye circles. They also love the broad color range and blending capabilities of boi-ing for getting rid of anything from blemishes to dark circles.
Stay don’t stray is another one of their top benefaves. It’s a must to keep eyeshadow on throughout all the scandalous happenings on set, so they rely on stay don’t stray to give it ultimate holding power.
And, of course, would we be talking Benefit if we didn’t talk brows? The team’s newest obsession is gimme brow. Full, gorgeous brows couldn’t be more in right now, and these scandalous beauties tell us that gimme brow is a “brow-saver and life-changer!”
A final bonus tip: for a simple daytime look, all you need is benebalm and a quick coat of they’re real! mascara, and you’re ready to breeze right out the door! So tell us, do you plan on using these scandalous tips in your routine?
I have been busy shooting the annual Christmas Candle Video (out on Monday) and, once again, the Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle from This Works has emerged as one of my favourites. It has the most incredible scent – lavender, but not as you know it, more a dark and sexed-up version with quite a masculine edge. This isn’t “frolicking in a field in Provence” lavender; this lavender has been hanging out at some seedy jazz club in Soho and has rolled back in at four in the morning. Mellow, lipstick on its collar, ready to chill.
(What an earth? Someone please put a stop to my weird fragrance imaginings!)
The Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle is simply one of the best luxury home fragrancing options out there – truly effective in the “relax and sleep” department, an absolutely knockout scent and it doesn’t cost the earth. In fact, at £25 for 220g, it’s almost half the price of Diptyque. It’s sold out in most places (surely another great sign!) but you can still get it at This Works online. If you felt like properly splashing out then it’s part of the amazing Perchance to Dream gift set, which includes pillow spray, Dream Cream and bath soak as well as the candle. That costs £65 here.
Browse the Christmas Gift Guides…
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Brain like a sieve: I forgot to put the budget face masks in the Affordable Skincare Routine post and also, more importantly, I completely omitted to tell you that I had made a video to go alongside it!
If you read the main post, you’ll see that I’m doing a huge clearout in my beauty room, ready for house renovations to begin (*weeps*) and I am trying to film little videos along the way. There are boxes with notes taped to them dated from 2013, 2012 – even 2011! – with video ideas and lists of products to be included. Shameful. Some of the stuff (especially the more natural and organic) had mould growing inside. Some stuff smelt of old wee. I have chucked those things, obviously, but where they received a glowing report on my list, I have made an effort to replenish stocks so that I can finally get the filming done. So, plenty more vids to come, and not just skincare.
So here are the masks that I picked out from my box of budget beauty finds. If the photo above looks familiar, it’s because I did an almost identical post last year and have only just realised. At least I’m consistent! Here’s the older post:
Affordable Face Masks for Deep Cleansing Your Skin.
Oh dear. Rather than repeat myself, I think it’s best if you click the link above to read about the Visibly Clear 2-in-1, the 5 Minute Thermal Detox and the Liz Earle mask, but I do have a new addition to the mix, which is the Bioderma Hydrabio Moisturising Mask (£14.50 here). It’s a gentle, creamy mask that feels soothing and gives a bit of an extra moisture boost. I’ve been applying it in quite a thick layer, and then tissuing it off after about half an hour. Which is probably against all of the rules on the box, but I didn’t read the instructions and then the dog ate the packaging! I must say that I find it difficult to gauge results with moisturising masks; with a deep cleanse or renewing mask you can see a visible difference and feel a new smoothness or freshness but with hydration it’s hard to tell whether or not you’re any better off than just slathering on a good moisturiser! I must do more research on them, now that my skin seems to be getting drier and drier (hello new phase of pregnancy skin!) – there’s a new one from Suqqu that’s absolutely bloody AMAZING, but definitely not in the affordable category. Watch this space.
*Update: I almost forgot to put the video in, AGAIN! Here it is – for all of the product details, remember to click back to the main Affordable Skin Care post.
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