Mostly Lovin’: Le Labo Santal 33

An Olfactory Dream

I was recently given a bottle of Le Labo’s renowned fragrance Santal 33. Inspired by the American West and the dream of “big sky country”, this is not a fragrance for the olfactory wallflower. With woody, spicy and leather accords, this long-wearing unisex scent transposes throughout the day to reveal base notes of cedarwood, amber and musk making for an extremely sensual sensory experience.

Those seeking a similar yet lighter santal fragrance might try Miller Harris Peau Santal which is equally beguiling yet softer overall.

Bonne année! Bisous.

Amy Smilovic: A Lesson in Personal Style

I am so enamored with the personal style of Amy Smilovic the founder and creator of fashion label Tibi.

Timeless

Effortless

Deeply individualistic irrespective of trends and infused with a soupçon of humour, Smilovic hits every sartorial note for me. x

Mostly Tryin’: High-Frequency Beauty

Flawless
Image Courtesy of Mandy Madden.com

Stress is a funny and dare I say, a decidedly vexatious thing. There you are spinning all manner of plates et all and there we have the stress hormone cortisol – not so discreetly wreaking a biblical pimple-laden wasteland upon your face!

A problematic complexion is frequently difficult to treat especially when said problems appear for no discernable reason. It is difficult to know just what to do for the best, alors, I have decided to do nothing. That is to say, I am resisting the urge to reach for all manner of ointments, specialists cleansers and exfoliators in favour of a minimal approach. Clearly, I was not listening to my body and it has therefore taken a more visual approach shall we say to get my attention. Well, attention is truly got!

Quite by chance, the other day whilst searching for Panda videos conducting online research, I happened upon a video of the incandescent beauty and holistic beauty enthusiast Mandy Madden. Madden possesses the type of other-worldly complexion most of us mere mortals can but dream of. Madden allows a peek into her skincare routine and her must-have beauty treatments and devices. Quite frankly, such is Ms Madden’s complexion that had she championed daubing one’s face with two-week-old bird droppings I would have given it serious consideration!

One of Madden’s go-to gadgets is a high-frequency beauty device. Reasonably priced and very simple to use, high-frequency beauty has made the successful transition from the salon to the home. I suspect that I may be the advertising man’s dream as no sooner had I watched a demo video, I had purchased a Project E Beauty’s High-Frequency device.

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Project E Beauty Wand

According to Project E Beauty, high-frequency beauty can, “aid with blood circulation, collagen and cell production to improve and reduce age spots, wrinkles, sagging skin, and acne”.

Hmmm, Looks Familiar…

I’ve been using the device for a week or so and I must say, there is something supremely satisfying in zapping one’s zits and sending them on their sebaceous way. There is a definite reduction in pimple size and I have not had the dubious pleasure of welcoming any new eruptions to the party. It’s far too early to attribute any positive results to the device but I will continue with the treatment and report back. Watch this space… Bisous

Mostly Tryin’: Cosrx Snail Mucin Essence

Anyone for Snail Drool?

Recently I find myself plumbing ever more bazaar depths in my quest for a facial moisturizer which will both enhance the overall appearance of my skin whilst ensuring I never look a day over twenty-five! I have heard much chatter about Corsx Snail Mucin Essence so I decided it was high time I got my hands on some of this highly-lauded goop.

My reasoning is simple. I am rather partial to a snail, particularly when sauteed in a Persillade of garlic butter and herbs, alors, if I can merrily chomp on them, dabbing their mucous secretions of my face should be a walk in the park…or at least that was my reasoning.

I’ve been using the essence for a week now and I must say, there is definite plumpness to my skin and something of a dewy glow. With zero perfume and the consistency of well…slime, my skin seems decidedly hydrated. So, it seems I may finally have found a use for the little blighters currently dining out in my vegetable patch! Just kidding… X

Mostly Tryin’: Holistic Skincare

I am guessing I’m not alone in emerging from the strange sanctuary of lockdown resembling something of a bleary-eyed troglodyte, but I think I may have found a remedy to our skincare woes.

I had heard much chatter as to the restorative properties of Osmosis Frequency Enhanced Water, “a revolutionary technology which provides frequencies to the cells to recalibrate and balance disruptions caused by environmental toxins”, sounds impressive n’est pas?! A few drops on the tongue helps to clear blemishes and harmonise inflammation.

Despite my fickle eye for a beauty bargain, I always return to Caudalie and their much-lauded Vinexpert dietary supplement. High in grape-derived anti-oxidant action, there is a reason this supplement has been daubed the “French Paradox in a capsule”! Lastly, but certainly not least, The Organic Pharmacy Beauty Drops are a hard-working dual-purpose supplement helping to energise both skin and body. A few drops of this magic little elixir can be added to your favourite serum for extra hydration and an immunity hit which may just come in handy in these perilous times…

Mostly Lovin’: The Estrid Razor

Image Courtesy of Estrid

I cannot remember the last time I was excited to use a razor, that is, not until the arrival of Swedish brand Estrid. Created by women for women Estrid is whittling away at the stereotypical advertising models employed by male-centric shaving brands.

With a perfect price point, impeccable customer service and an aesthetically pleasing design, the Estrid razor glides across skin like a swan upon a frozen lake!

Vegan-friendly and with ethical production at its core, Estrid, I am very happy to report you have transformed the mundane chore of shaving into an act of pampering and indulgence. Go get yours! x

Mostly Lovin’: Birkenstock x Proenza Schouler

The Gloss Leather Over Stitch

Now you know how I adore Birkenstocks and now the clever people at Proenza Schouler have collaborated with Birkenstock to create a highly covetable line available at Net-a-Porter.

This post is a hopeful nod to the future when we can all bask in the summer sun from dawn until dusk. Bisous

The Milano Two-Tone

Mostly Tryin’: ARgENTUM Skincare

Slick!

Rather excited to receive the ARgENTUM Infinie Body Lotion. Housed in a sleek black label-free glass bottle, this is skincare so good it requires no product description! Formulated with super hydrating silver hydro-salt and DNA HP technology, the science behind this brand is really quite staggering given the ingredients are sourced from 99.5% natural origins. I shall be decidedly disappointed if I do not have the skin of a plumptious newborn in the immediate future! x

What’s Not to Love

Mostly Tryin’: The Art of Concentration

The other day I was mindlessly trawling the depths of Youtube conducting targeted online research when I was struck by the excessive array of windows and tabs littering my computer screen and I began to wonder, where does my focus truly lie? Is it possible to genuinely give a hundred percent if our attention is habitually divided?

I have always been led to believe that the ability to multi-task is an attribute to be celebrated, after all, it is supposedly where women excel! So, what is concentration if not the ability to give one’s full focus to the task at hand?

Now my daily practice begins with small tasks; cracking an egg, cleansing my face. Seemingly mindless tasks but there is a simple pleasure to be found in giving a tomato it’s dues as you slice through ruby skin.

The notion of lending one’s full attention to one task at a time sounds simple but in practice, I have found it to be an exercise in mastering the art of presence and I suspect it will be a life-long study.

As I type, an alert from Net-a-Porter momentarily flashes on the screen, I have to make a conscious effort to resist the urge to switch tabs and peruse new editions. I suspect this flitting practice is a half habit and a half “fear of missing out” but it is a pattern I am determined to master…in the long run.

Wishing you all a very happy and present Christmas. Bisous

Mostly Lovin’: Laneige Lip Mask

If you are anything like me, the recent cold blast has left your lips closely resembling grade three sandpaper, alors, I have a plan! South Korean brand Laneige has come up with a clever little solution to our chapped woes. Their fruit flavoured sleeping masks are light enough to sleep in yet leave lips soft and hydrated by the break of dawn. Now that’s what I call low maintenance beauty! x