Because we’re a pretty awesome bunch here at LiB HQ (if we do say so ourselves), we thought we’d let you guys get to know the team a bit better. We’re talking deep and personal here guys, it’s riveting stuff. Well, kinda… Today we’re introducing you to our Brand Campaign Manager, Harri.
Where are you from? Herefordshire
What’s your role at LiB? Brand Campaign Manager
What’s on your desk? Too many fragrances and face mists
Describe yourself in three emojis
Your colleagues would describe you as… Capital-O obsessed with: Bulldogs, my skincare routine, America, true crime documentaries, blowdrying my hair, Louis Theroux and fizzy drinks
What are you most likely to have for lunch? Current go-to is spinach leaves, basil, tomato and mozzarella mixed together with lots of balsamic vinegar… and I can’t go a day without a Fanta Zero.
Your go-to makeup look is… I’m obsessed with skin, so I gravitate towards products that will enhance my complexion. I rarely steer away from a bronzey, glowy base with pink blush, always with either a soft, brown smokey eye or a black winged liner and a natural lip. I’m not fussed about lipstick, so It’s normally a tinted lip balm or whatever’s on my desk/in my coat pocket.
Any beauty sins? Biting my nails, but speaking for my 12 year old self, over-plucking my eyebrows. Shoutout to the saviour who created the eye brow pencil, I owe you!
Office pet peeve? People that don’t put Out of Offices on
St.Tropez Gradual Tan Tinted – Working in the beauty industry, I’m extremely lucky that I constantly get to try different products – that being said, Its a sure sign that I really love something when I go out and re-buy it myself… St.Tropez Everyday Tinted Body Lotion is definitely one of them, my beauty stash hasn’t been without a bottle for about a year. If you’re looking for a healthy, everyday glow, without the rigmarole of a lengthy fake routine, this will be totally up your street. It’s got a creamy, moisturising texture, that you can build up every other night to get a “i’ve just got back from a long weekend in the sun” tint. I’d call it no fake tan, fake tan – A**!
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist – I feel like I’m some what of a face mist aficionado; you name one, I’ve probably tried it. Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist is up there In my face mist hall of fame. I’ll use it in the evening, after an intense face mask as a soothing toner, in the morning once I’ve applied my make up to give my base a slightly more “lived in” finish and throughout the day to liven myself up. I’ve also seen a lot of make up artists use face mists to dampen beauty blenders – I need to make a mental note to try this out.
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturiserising Sorbet – I’ve adored French skincare for years and still do to this day. The obsession began when I stayed in a gorgeous Air B’n’B in Montmartre, Paris – much to my romantic visions of what the unapologetically cool Parisian women who owned the apartment kept in her fridge, I found a bottle of fine red wine, a box of half eaten truffles (probably given to her by one of her many admirers) and…. Caudalie skincare. All the best things in life, if you ask me. Naturally, I thought this was the chicest discovery ever and lead me to try Caudalie out for myself – in turn, I fell in love with the brands relaxed, none invasive approach to creating product. The Vinosource Moisturiser is a fail-safe in my everyday routine. Kept in the fridge (obviously), it has a cooling effect that perks up pre-made-up skin. Complexion looks immediately more alive, as if you’ve had an extra hour in bed or don’t have the hangover from hell…
For our latest Brand of the Week, let us introduce you to another one of our favourite skincare brands, skyn ICELAND. Treat yourself to a fresh, glowing complexion with seven of the brand’s hero products, available throughout the week. All of the products are free of parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, chemical sulfates, and phthalates. Celebrity fans of the brand include Selena Gomez, Sarah Hyland, Lucy Hale, Amy Schumer, Goldie Hawn and Kristen Bell, among others.
In celebration of skyn ICELAND’s takeover, we spoke to brand founder Sarah Kugelman, who shares her story on creating the brand, how detrimental stress can be for the skin and how her range replaces what stress has depleted to calm, restore and balance the complexion.
Tell us the story behind the brand, why Iceland?
I went to Iceland on vacation with my sister while I was developing the brand and was truly overwhelmed by the natural beauty of Iceland and inspired by the clean, fresh, raw natural lifestyle there. Everyone there has amazing skin and so I started researching why and learning more about the climate/the environment. I discovered that the waters are very special there. Over time, as the ice melts and gradually runs down the mountains, it filters through inert layers of lava rock and trickles into the ground picking up minerals from the volcanic bedrock. It then flows into naturally occurring underground reservoirs. Iceland Water has some of the lowest total dissolved solids due to the natural filtration process that occurs when glacial water filters through Iceland's porous volcanic bedrock (and it contains 6 essential minerals so it's incredible for balancing and hydrating skin.) We import it and it’s in every single one of our products.
From there I learned about many of the amazing medicinal herbs and botanicals in Iceland and the arctic region, which have incredible potency (due to the climate) and multi-tasking benefits that address the various symptoms of stressed skin as well.
We know stress can affect our skin and body health, but how serious can it be?
It can be very serious. I was working such long hours, traveling every week, not eating healthy/regular meals and sleeping only 5hrs/a night. My immune system became completely worn down and I had the typical Adrenal Fatigue symptoms. I kept going until my body physically shut down and couldn’t go any further. My immune system was no longer working properly so I was catching illnesses that typically my body would have been able to fight off. I had to take a three month leave of absence from my job and move home with my parents as I couldn’t even take care of myself - It was definitely a low point in my life. I ended up quitting my job and moved to California - a place that is known for healthy living and where the weather is warm all year round. I made a conscious decision to make a life change and SLOW DOWN; I stopped working long hours, I stopped traveling every week for business, I started eating a high protein, organic diet, I started doing Bikram yoga, etc…I got healthy!
I think it’s almost a badge of honor to be busy and running from place to place, on your phone every minute, involved in a lot of different things; multitasking. It’s as if success is linked to being busy? I think we are all on this crazy treadmill that is just supported by our culture and almost rewarded by our culture. Then on the other side, people feel like massages, yoga retreats, acupuncture etc are luxuries and not necessities. We have to change this thinking.
What is your secret to work-life balance?
I really try to break the stress cycle and not get in the habit of saying ‘oh, in three weeks when it slows down, I will go get a massage’. I used to do that and I would crash before things slowed down! Now I exercise almost daily, that is a huge stress buster for me. I get 7-8 hours of sleep on weekdays and 9+ hours a night on the weekend. Exhaustion multiplies the effects of stress. I also do regular appointments with my wellness ‘team’ including my kinesiologist, acupuncturist, massage therapist and esthetician. This can really help keep stress at bay. Then on an ongoing basis I drink high levels of water and coconut water and I eat a diet high in vegetables/fruits/protein and low in white sugar and refined carbs. I try to get daily sources of magnesium, Vit B complex, antioxidants and Omega EFA’s.
Top tips for managing stress?
I think de-stressing comes down to having a tool kit of options…for different times, different situations, different moments. I think a beauty routine is part of the tool kit; we can make the inside feel better by taking care of the outside and improving our emotional state by improving our skin. We can literally become healthier and look healthier by de-stressing our skin - It is an important part of the de-stressing process.
What does a 'day-in-the-life' look like for you?
I wake up, wash my face first thing and drink water! I help get my daughter ready for school, usually by doing her hair (!) and then I make some time for self care; I shower and have a little bit of DIY spa time (eye gels, mask, body oil, hair treatment), something fast that also helps me feel good and transitions me from sleep to wakefulness. I have Ezekiel bread and fresh berries (although I just bought a Nutri-Bullet and am excited about starting to make my own smoothies in the morning) and then either jump on the subway or in an uber and get calls and emails done on the way to work. Sometimes I exercise in the morning – I’ll take an 8:15am Happy Hour class at AKT in Motion – but mostly I work out in the evenings. Then my workday is typically filled with lots of meetings, I have weekly update meetings with all of my internal staff as well as meet with our external partners on a regular basis. This involves going over sales figures, brainstorming for new product launches, etc. I often have to eat lunch on the go or while on a phone call – there’s only so many hours in the day! I do try and catch up with friends over lunch every now and then though to get a break from the hustle! Then I’m usually running out the door at the end of the day to catch workout class or meet my daughter at home.
Wellness is a buzz word in the industry, what does it mean to you?
For me it means feeling good and being healthy – having energy, feeling refreshed in the morning, not feeling bloated or sluggish, having clear skin, not getting sick often, being free of pain.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Getting to do something I love and feel passionate about every day. I also love to make people look and feel better….I like to say that I give women their pretty back!
What is your signature scent?
I often go through phases but now I am loving a Diana Vreeland scent I discovered at Colette in Paris called Extravagance Russe. It’s smoky and sexy.
Quote to live by?
The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has been before.
Top 3 skincare tips?
Get enough sleep, stay out of the sun and wash/moisturize your face before bed! (4th and 5th would be regular exercise and no ‘white foods’)!
What is your go to Skyn Iceland product?
I can’t go a day without Pure Cloud Cream. It is not only a great hydrator and soother for my skin and great under makeup but it literally makes me happy. The texture and grapefruit scent give me a burst of joy in the morning and make me feel good about starting the day.
With temperatures slowly rising to an acceptable level to be outside, Spring is very much lurking around the corner – all rejoice! Spring, for me (Jem, Blog Editor) has always been the season where I update everything; my wardrobe, my hair, my makeup bag and of course, my scent. The new season is the perfect time to swap out your heavier winter blends for something lighter and fresher. Whether you gravitate towards floral, fresh, fruity or muskier scents, fragrances will always hold the power to evoke different feelings and memories. Thankfully, there are a whole host of beautiful spring fragrances for the new season, each one ideal for creating new olfactory memories and lasting impressions. In celebration of National Fragrance Week, here are five of my favourites…
JIMMY CHOO BLOSSOM
Harmoniously combining floral and fruity notes, Jimmy Choo Parfums’ Blossom will breathe new life into your fragrance collection ready for spring. Inspired by a fruity cocktail, this sparkling scent opens with zesty berries and citrus, followed by warming floral notes of rose and sweet pea before transforming into a more demure, delicate concoction. Musk and sandalwood form the base for a seductive finishing touch.
Every time I wear this fragrance, I receive so many compliments – more than with any other fragrance I own. You know when someone just smells amazing, but you can’t work out what they’re wearing? It’s probably this. You’ll find that You makes a great first impression and smells even better as the day goes on. Each note melts in with your skin, chosen and balanced to allow the juice to be both long-lasting and true to how it smells at the beginning without changing as it dries down. Creamy, sparkling, clean and warm. That’s Glossier’s You.
A floral fruity scent, both modern and joyful, Coach’s Floral fragrance is inspired by a luminous Spring day wandering in an American prairie. Comprising top notes of pineapple sorbet and citrus notes, followed by a floral heart of peony and Arabian jasmine, this scent is sure to create a sparkling impression. The dry down reveals the enveloping and elegant crystal musks and creamy wood base, while the bottle is beautifully adorned with a soft pink floral hangtag, reminiscent of the brand’s Tea Rose flower appliqués. The turn lock and metal tag have been redressed in rose gold for a feminine look – my fragrance tray has never looked so good.
ELIE SAAB GIRL OF NOW
This distinctive gourmand floral Girl of Now Eau de Parfum has been inspired by Lebanese delights; opening with roasted pistachio and sparkling pear before leading to a heart of essence of bitter almond and orange blossom absolute. Tonka bean and almond milk blended together leaves a lingering almond trail while patchouli reinforces the ultimate ELIE SAAB signature.
MARC JACOBS DAISY DREAM TWINKLE
I’ve always loved the Marc Jacobs Daisy fragrance family, and this new limited edition is a welcome addition to my fragrance shelf. Inspired by a shimmering oasis where the sun dazzles and water glistens, Daisy Dream Marc Jacobs Twinkle Edition is a sparkling reinterpretation of the classic Daisy Dream perfume for women. Sunny and spirited, Twinkle transports you to a beautiful place with endless blue skies, sparkling sunshine and flowers blooming everywhere. This fruity, floral fragrance opens with bursts of black cherry and fresh white floral that mingle together to evoke a sense of Springtime freshness. At the base, whipped berry mousse creates a mouthwatering scent that lingers on the skin as it dries.
Today is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report reveals that gender parity is over 200 years away – which means there has never been a more pivotal time to remain motivated and get involved with this year’s call to action, #PressforProgress. With global activism for women’s equality recently fueled by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, there’s a global momentum bringing every woman striving for change together, and we’re right behind them.
While we’re fully aware that gender parity won’t happen overnight, the positive news is that across the world women are driving change every single day. As a team of (predominantly) strong independent women, what better way to honour International Women’s Day than to share the women who inspire us daily?
As I reflect on all the women in my life, I can – of course – hold hand on heart and say that they all inspire me one way or another; my Mum, my best girlfriends, my late Grandmother, but (and I say this as a devoted fangirl) another notable woman who has shaped and inspired me over the years is my favourite actress, Meryl Streep. Not only is she talented beyond words – nominated for more Academy Awards than any other actor – she is unapologetically passionate, incredibly humble and never shies away from standing up and fighting for what she believes in; campaigning relentlessly for women’s rights all around the world. I met Meryl once, where I told her how much she had impacted my life without really knowing; she was the woman who taught me to stand on my own and be proud of who I am – quirks, faults and all – because “we all make that mistake thinking that the outside – how you look – makes you more worthy of love”. – Jem, Blog Editor & Social Media Manager
Photo credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
“I’m inspired by the bold Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who started painting after a near-fatal crash when she was 18. Her life was difficult and she endured a lot of pain, but she was fiery and strong, expressing herself through her art and producing a passionate body of work. Plus, she dressed for herself, with vibrant clothes, statement jewellery, colourful flowers in her hair and, of course, her IDGAF brow(s).
I’m also a big fan of Katharine Hepburn, the intelligent, spirited American actress with liberal, progressive views who wore trousers when women wore skirts, eschewed the limelight, didn’t wear makeup, played sports, refused Hollywood starlet roles, and said things like “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” Hear, hear.” – Emma, Marketing Director
“My Granny was the most inspirational, loving, generous, intelligent and beautiful woman. She was and will always remain my inspiration. She always told me to treat others how you would like to be treated, taught me just how important family is and for the little beauty tip, was the one who reminded me how important it is to take all makeup off before going to bed. Oh, and she was a spy!” – Charlotte, Commercial & Partnerships Director
Photo credit: Thomas Whiteside
“I’ve been obsessed with Michelle Obama since watching her last speech in The White House – she spoke about the lessons she and Barack Obama instil in their daughters, one being about bullies… ‘when they go low, we go high’ – I love this quote so much, it teaches us not to lower ourselves to negativity, but to be the better person, rise above it and stay classy.” – Harriet, Brand Campaign Manager
“A female inspiration for me would have to be the heroic Queen Boudica. When learning about the Celts at a young age, I found her strength and fearlessness inspirational. Also, it would be impossible to talk about strong female characters in my life without mentioning my Mum.” – Ciara, Graphic Designer
“My inspiration is my Auntie. She went through and fought breast cancer and showed so much strength. She taught me to never give up and continue fighting even through life’s most difficult times.” – Christina, Sales Director
I have fond memories of Mother’s Day from when I lived at home; I always liked to give my mum a day full of little indulgences – even from a young age when I insisted I could carry her tea and breakfast tray all by myself (I couldn’t). She’d complain throughout the year that we didn’t help enough around the house, but we did always spoil her on “her day”.
You don’t need to spend lots of money to make your mum feel special – a card and a thoughtful gesture is enough! Here are a few ideas on how to pamper your Mum at home – perfect for showing the number one woman in your life just how much you care, because let’s face it, she’s most definitely your number one fan and probably still does your washing when you visit.
Simple, classic, beautiful. We’re big fans of letterbox flowers and can always rely on Bloom & Wild to deliver gorgeous blooms from me. They have a good selection for Mother’s Day – we love the Violet bouquet.
Breakfast in bed
If you’re fortunate enough to spend Mother’s Day with your mum at home, get extra brownie points by serving her breakfast in bed. Croissants, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, her favourite coffee… maybe even a glass of bucks fizz? How indulgent.
Most mums are always on the go, so arranging time for relaxation will always go down a treat. Put the kettle on, let her put her feet up while you run her a bath and give her a hamper of pampering at-home spa products. If you’re feeling extra nice, book in for an at-home mani/ pedi.
Do her makeup
Who doesn’t like a mini makeover? If you’re no good at makeup, don’t worry – why not take her to a counter in a department store? Something you can both do together, for free. Afterwards, you could treat her to her favourite product (and one for you, too…)
Life lessons from mum
In the spirit of celebrating everything that’s great about mums, we got the whole team involved to share what our mothers taught us. Although there are – of course – many times I’ve not listened to my mum (and later regretted it – why are they always right?) she has passed on her wisdom and taught me many things, like how to apply eyeshadow by blending three shades together. Now I own over 20 palettes. Thanks, Mum! She also taught me how to cook and experiment with food, in addition to nailing the perfect cupcake recipe – one that I hope to share with my own children one day.
“My mum taught me to let things go. She is a very calm person who doesn’t let things get to her and has the ability to move on from problems very quickly. I am the type of person who holds grudges and takes things personally, but Mum always told me to “chill” and “move on” p.s she is not a hippy” – Christina
“My mum taught me to invest in your hair as you wear it everyday! Find a great hairdresser and build a trusting relationship with them so that eventually (after about 2-4 trips) they become an expert in your hair (they will learn to understand the texture, how it takes to colour, the shape of your face, how your hair changes seasonally, how you like it styled) – she also taught me to always wear an outfit to the salon (especially if you’re going there for the first time!) that represents your personal style the most so that they understand your “look” as well.
Also, take pictures of hairstyles that you love, but also include images of hair that you don’t like – hairdressers aren’t mind readers, so provide as much direction as possible.
Finally… Don’t shy away from asking your hairdresser what they’d do if they had free reign (they’re the experts) – This makes hairdressing trips a fun, exciting and collaborative experience, you might leave the salon with a cut or colour that you never thought would suit you, but looks amazing – never be afraid of change!” – Harriet
“My mum taught me to always have lovely nails… painted and not chipped!” – Jess
“My mum taught me the importance of perfume! My earliest beauty memory is spraying one spritz of a pretty little bottle of Yardley fragrance on each wrist before going to birthday parties. I was only allowed to wear it for “special occasions” and really treasured it; now, I adore perfume, have a decent-sized fragrance wardrobe to suit each mood, and don’t feel dressed without it.” – Emma
What’s the biggest life lesson your Mum has taught you? Tweet us and let us know! We’ll pick one of our favourites to win the new Mother & Daughter Box…
There’s no one quite like Mum, and she deserves the perfect gift. As you know, with our build your own boxes, we’re all about all things bespoke. My Mum has, on numerous occasions, told me she doesn’t want anything in the way of presents on Mother’s Day, but if I didn’t bother, you’d bet correctly that I would have a sulky Mum on my hands. Whatever type of woman your Mum is, she’s deserving of a nice treat and a handmade option is sure to put a smile on her face. If your crafting skills leave nothing to be desired but you still want to give your Mum a more personal gift that’s thought out and put together by you, a DIY Mother’s Day Hamper may be just the thing.
Hampers are designed to be created entirely with your own Mum in mind, but I’ve shared my own to provide some inspiration. Whether she’s a fashion lover, beauty enthusiast or foodie, it’s the perfect way to combine the things she’ll love…
THE GIFT OF BEAUTY
If she’s into beauty, you’re on to a winner with our indulgent Mother & Daughter Box. If she’s not usually that fussed over her lotions and potions, introduce her to our curated edit of 14 beautiful products, perfect for a girly pamper session. Worth over £100, with brands including Philosophy, Paula’s Choice and The Body Shop, this is a lovely way to spoil someone special this Mother’s Day.
A SWEET NOTE
Treat your Mum to a bottle of her signature scent, or introduce her to a new fragrance this Mother’s Day. Sweet and vibrant, the Accessorize Lovelily fragrance envelops the skin with notes of raspberry, orange, jasmine and sweet vanilla.
SAY IT WITH JEWELLERY
Nothing says I love you quite like a personalised piece of jewellery. It wouldn’t be Mother’s Day if you didn’t do something a little sentimental (OK, maybe I do like to be mushy sometimes). This gorgeous sterling silver layered necklace from Hurley Burley features a disc charm that can be personalised with an initial and a long bar for a word, message or saying. This bespoke gift comes packaged in a beautiful gift box which can be gift wrapped with a personal message free of charge. The best thing? The delivery is super-fast, so ideal for any last-minute panic.
Flowers are the magical touch to any hamper, but how about including a beautiful potted plant? If there’s one difference between my Mum and I, it’s the fact she can actually keep plants alive. Waitrose have a great selection of Mother’s Day plants and flowers so the options are limitless.
If your Mum has a sweet tooth, may I recommend the ever so fancy Charbonnel et Walker? Boasting both style and substance, the Sea Salt Chocolate Selection is one of my favourites for a special occasion. You might want to add a ‘must share with doting Daughter’ tag on this one, ladies!
You know what they say, if life gives you limes, make a Margarita. It’s true – this wayward cocktail indisputably makes me sound wittier, dance better and feel amazing, so it’ll come to no surprise that it’s high up on my list of top alcoholic tipples. You really can’t go wrong with Tequila; whether shaken or frozen, with a salted or sugared rim, it’s the basis of a good (occasionally messy) night. Generally speaking, the classic Margarita components of tequila, triple sec and lime are easy enough to follow, but finding the balance and creating the perfect Margarita isn’t always an artless task – I’ve had to drink many to distinguish the good from the bad (not a displeasing task, I’ll admit). To celebrate National Margarita Day, I’m sharing some of the best Margaritas London has to offer. Just don’t blame me if you’re feeling far from fresh come morning…
Uncovered in the basement of Wahaca’s Wardour Street restaurant, The Azulito Bar’s eclectic décor and low lighting creates a lively and friendly vibe. The vibrant bar offers 80 types of tequila and is the perfect stop-off for a freshly shaken cocktail. My got-to? The Passionfruit Margarita, giving the classic a much-enjoyed tropical twist.
Designed by renowned interior architects David Collins Studio, Ella Canta itself is a work of art. Capturing the spirit of Mexico with sun-bleached dusty pink walls, mid-century wooden furniture, mosaic tiling, sombrero-style wall lights and an abundance of plants, the magic begins as soon as you sit down. Go for the Coa de Jima, which is a delectable combination of homemade spiced pineapple purée, passionfruit and champagne foam.
Probably one of the most popular cocktail haunts due to its oh so Instagram-worthy decor, but Tonight Josephine – part of the Adventure Bar chain – serves up its own tasty twist on the Margarita. Alberto’s Margarita is both fresh and sour, combining Casco Viejo tequila, orange juice, lime juice, agave nectar and fresh coriander with a salt and pepper rim. This bar had me at the entrance with its ‘well behaved women don’t make history’ neon sign – I mean, why wouldn’t you want to go in?
London Cocktail Club
There are a few of these membership-only cocktail bars in the capital, but there’s something distinct about the Covent Garden setting. Once led downstairs to the dimly lit basement via a passage you’d usually overlook, you’ll be transported back to a place that marries British Gentleman’s Club vibes with prohibition-era New York City. With red leather sofas and vintage artifacts lining the walls, after a few classic, well-mixed Margaritas, this rowdy fun time bar will have you dropping lyric bombs in no time!
Bringing a slap of Latin attitude to a number of London locations, Barrio’s colourful clash of Tropicália serves cocktails with a punch. The classic Tommy’s Margarita combines agave nectar, lime juice and Casco Viejo, served shaken over ice. Its tartness and subtle kick will always tempt you back for another.
We’re excited to announce that one of our favourite brands – and number one prestige Australian skincare brand – is taking over our build your own box selection this week: Jurlique! Each day, we’ll be showcasing one of the very best products that we hope you’ll love as much as us: don’t forget to check back each day to ensure you don’t miss out…
WHO IS JURLIQUE?
Jurlique believes that new frontiers in skincare are forged when the very best of nature is combined with all that research has to offer. It’s a fundamental part of the brand’s DNA to discover what’s possible, to question and test the scope of natural skincare. Powerful botanicals are the starting point for all Jurlique products, enhanced by decades of expertise and knowledge of working in harmony with the environment.
UNIQUE INGREDIENTS, INCREDIBLE EFFECTS
At the heart of every Jurlique product is an understanding that radiant skin is derived from the purest natural ingredients, like antioxidant-rich rose extract, brightening licorice, and softening marshmallow root. These concentrated botanicals are treated with care at every step, from seed to skin, and a unique 3-step extraction process is used to harness the essential oils, minerals and nutrients, which preserves the potency of the botanical ingredients.
OUR JURLIQUE RITUAL
The concentrated creamy formula in Nutri-Define Refining Foaming Cleanser deeply cleanses and purifies skin, while gently refining texture, smoothing the appearance of wrinkles and restoring a smooth, glowing complexion – just what tired skin needs at the end of the day.
One of Jurlique’s original products and still a favourite to this day, Rosewater Balancing Mist refreshes and hydrates the complexion as it uplifts the senses. We always spritz at the end of the day to freshen up and perk up makeup.
The powerful botanicals in Purely Age-Defying Firming and Tightening Serum, including oat kernel extract and beech tree bud extract, help skin feel firmer providing a smoother looking complexion – we can’t get enough of it, especially in this cold winter weather.
A rich, high-performance cream with rosehip oil, Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Cream provides dual benefits of hydration and protection. Containing precious rose oils, alongside green tea extract, this wonder product protects skin from dehydration and environmental aggressors. City dwellers, this one’s for you!
Because we know it’s hard not to get addicted to Jurlique’s products, the brand is offering LIB readers an exclusive 15% off all full-priced products online and at the Jurlique Concept Store in London with the code JQXLIB15 until 30 April. Discount is not available on gift vouchers, sets or sale items. Promo is one-time use only, and cannot be combined with other offers. Jurlique’s standard promo terms and conditions apply. Happy shopping, and let us know what you pick!
At Latest in Beauty, there’s nothing we enjoy more than spending our lunch hour scrolling through our favourite blogs and all of the posts, photos and feedback on our Build-Your-Own beauty box selection. It’s so exciting for us when bloggers and influencers share their must-have Latest in Beauty discoveries, therefore each month we like to chat to one of them right here on the blog. This month we caught up with Natalie from The Floral Republic.
How do you make your blog stand out?
Ooh this is a tricky one. I don't think my blog necessarily does stand out as I really just do it as a hobby, but I write entirely for myself and do what I want to do rather than trying to keep up with beauty trends which keeps it fun and takes the stress out! I keep my reviews honest and try to be informative as possible. Although I started my blog predominantly to write about beauty, I've found some of my most popular books are more lifestyle-based, such as book recommendations and food reviews.
Your go to make-up look is...
I like to keep it nice and simple for my daily look. Radiant skin is a must so I mix Pixi Glow Booster with my base (I love L'Oréal True Match Foundation and Sleek Life Proof Foundation) then add a bit of contour with the Rimmel Sculpting Palette. I never go without blusher so I pop on some Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush then finish off with a tinted pink lip balm. Most of the colours in my makeup bag are pink!
If you could curate your own beauty box, what would it contain and why?
As I'm always on the go and having to top up my makeup for events I usually keep a spare makeup bag in my handbag or desk drawer with some essentials in. If I made my own beauty box it would need to contain some of my holy grail products like: Stila Convertible Colour, Clinique Chubby Stuck, Beautyblender, Carmex Original Pot lip balm, Benefit They're Real Mascara and Sleek Solstice Highlighter Palette
If you could design a beauty collection, what would it be like?
I'm a sucker for Instagram-worthy packaging (like Paul & Joe and Benefit) and love multi-tasking products so I'd create a range of palettes with everything you need for day and night makeup looks. Everyone jokes about how much I wear pinks and florals so it would need to follow that theme!
Hidden gem in your beauty stash is…
Coconut oil - I use it for everything; taking off my makeup, facial moisturiser, body moisturiser, hair mask - it's so simple but I love it! I always keep a miniature tub with me when I'm travelling.
What’s your signature scent?
I don't wear a lot of perfume but I wear Soap & Glory's Original Pink body spray every day, it is super sweet and one of my all time favourites.
The blogger/YouTuber made me buy it:
Swatch stencils! These are what have been missing from my beauty blogging game for so long and I can't believe I never knew about them before. I have always been terrible at swatching makeup (shaky hands!) so stopped bothering but I'm now so excited to be able to swatch perfect rectangle shapes of lipstick and eyeshadow... it's the simple things!
Favourite discovery from Latest in Beauty?
I got a miniature bottle of The Body Shop Oils of Life Facial Oil and I love it. I'm really trying to prevent ageing at the moment and this oil is so great at hydrating and revitalising my skin - I will definitely be purchasing the full size version.
Smokey eye or bold lip?
How do you relax?
I love treating myself to a massage or spa day, this is probably the ultimate thing for me to do on my own and can spend all day lounging by a pool reading a book. When I can't afford that luxury I love nothing more than a pamper night at home - pop on a hair mask, run a bath with a Lush bath bomb, use a hydrating sheet mask and then smother myself in body butter afterwards.
From your stomach doing more somersaults than the local gymnast team, to selecting the perfect outfit and makeup look, dating is as tough as the *shudders* ‘so, have you got a boyfriend yet?’ conversation starter at family shindigs. As I approach the ripe old age of 26, I’ve come to quickly realise that I have put off the idea of dating for so long that I have actually forgotten what it’s like to date (did I ever really know? Probably not). Beyoncé has been Crazy in Love, Dangerously in Love and Drunk in Love, and yet it seems harder than ever to find a non-psychotic bachelor that also enjoys the company of cats, watching Mamma Mia and binge eating pizza (if you’re out there, apply within.)
First dates, although stressful/terrifying/often horrific, tend to be characteristically rather memorable – even when they go well. I’ve been told you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you can find your prince (thanks Disney) and therefore, dating becomes a required task. We’re now living in a time where swiping and hookups escalate from an app on our phones, and maybe I just can’t get on board with that – what ever happened to pretending your suitcase is too heavy for you to carry up the stairs only for a nice guy to come along to help you? I was going to fabricate an elaborate first date story of my own, but to be truthful, I have only ever been on one first date and it was as awkward as I’d imagined it to be – I guess I’ll know for next time not to go to a restaurant that serves garlic bread with actual chunks of garlic…
Because dating is inevitably not what we imagine it all to be, and to provide the small comfort that you’re not alone in this 2018 stale dating pool (or, let’s be real, to just make myself feel less like a destined-to-be spinster) I turned to my friends to get the low-down on some of their funniest and weirdest first dates. Read on for some entertainment and be sure to tweet us if you have any good ones! We’ll pick one of our favourites to win our Date Night beauty box!
Perfect height for an armrest
“I liked the look of a guy across a bar yeeears ago, my friend gave him my number without telling me when I went to the loo, and after we left he texted me asking me out for a drink. We arranged to meet a few days later, and stood next to each other side-by-side for the first time… and he was little. As I walked up to him, in heels, the first thing he said was “woah, you’re tall” and I blurted out “and you’re small!” and we politely proceeded to have an awkward drink knowing we weren’t interested in each other and played table football as he demonstrated a typical short man syndrome competitive streak, complete with “YESSS”es through gritted teeth and fist pumps. He won, I stopped wearing big heels on first dates, and never saw him again.” – Emma, London
Bottoms up (quite literally)
“My first, first date and my first tinder date left me wrecked with fear for a tedious meal with bolognese round my mouth and an argument over the cheque. So I decided to throw him in at the deep end and take him to a life drawing class in soho during pride week. We sat and drew two wonderfully sculpted men while cars bumped into each other outside, distracted by their bottoms in the window display of the pop up shop behind Carnaby Street. Turns out he had an art degree and the whole thing didn’t phase him at all! It was a match!” – Louella, London
Put his foot in it
“So I liked this guy and he was a friend of a friend; so I thought he MUST be normal. When he asked me out I was so excited and spent the week before obviously planning our wedding. I’m cool, I’m cool. Anyway, we were at a really nice restaurant; the wine was flowing and things were going ok… Then out of nowhere he drops the bombshell and told me he had a foot fetish. I laughed and thought he was joking. He smiled, nervously and I looked for the nearest exit. He then went on to compliment my feet!!! To cut a long story short, his mates joined, I left and he joked that he’d ‘try not to pull another girl while out’. I really know how to pick ’em!” – Jemma, Plymouth
“My date started by limping up to me with one leg massively shorter than the other, with a punch on the arm for a greeting. I was then subjected to a walk down a London high street whilst being repeatedly ‘bro punched’ on the arm in agreement with everything I said and a ‘yeah mate’ to boot. Once we arrived at the bar, where the barman gave me a ‘REALLY?’ side eye, I was then subjected to an hour’s talk about Tottenham Hotspur. Not wanting to be rude, I offered to buy one drink back before running to the bathroom, calling a mate and hatching the escape plan. I introduced my date to two drunk girls on the table next to ours and as he went to buy them both a drink, I legged it. Not one bit sorry.” – Vix, London
Lost in Translation
“I moved to Poland and one of my female friends set me up with a nice girl. What I wasn’t told was that she didn’t speak any English and awkwardly, I didn’t speak much Polish. There was a lot of awkward smiles and staring, and understandably, it was all a little uncomfortable. The most I got out of the conversation (I think) was that her sister was in a Convent… an unusual topic for a first date as you can imagine. I bought her a drink and that’s as far as we got…” – Sam, London