Ace beauty essentials

Hello there!  How has lockdown been for you all?   I’ve found myself with more time on my hands as fashion PR got hit quite hard so I’ve been reviewing beauty products for the leading wellness site Get The Gloss.   Jane is a regular writer for them too so I thought I’d share some of our top ‘Glossy’ picks over the last few months!   We’d love to hear about your favourite beauty  products too so do share below – Lots of love Marie Louise xx

Leighton Denny Back to Nature Nail polish collection

Lockdown beauty essentials

“Just before lockdown I wisely had my gels removed professionally and took a welcome break from my gel polish addiction. I’ve suffered horrible weak nails ever since and have kept them natural and short for the last two months. Now a little revived and desperate for pretty nails again I thought I’d dry some old fashioned polish, ideally without lots of nasty chemicals. I’d read that Leighton Denny had launched The Back to Nature Collection, which is a low chemical and vegan-friendly polish formula in lots of appealing colours. It’s made with plant ingredients such as maize, wheat and potato with none of the traditional solvents. I’m a novice at painting my own nails; polish goes everywhere and they always chip within 24 hours. But undeterred, I set up a nail spa in front of the TV last weekend and had great success. Fortunately, this collection has a wider brush, designed to make the application easy and I managed to achieve a fairly convincing manicure and four days later they are still going strong,”  Marie Louise 

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Luminous Putty Primer

Lockdown beauty essentials

“This eye primer comes from the same stable that gave us the excellent Luminous Putty Primer for the face so I was excited to give it a try. Putty refers to the creamy consistency and there are currently six shades available – white, cream, rose, sand, clay and black (which gives a smokey eye effect). You simply swipe a bit on your eyelid for a low-key eyeshadow situation or, as I have done, dab it all over your lid with your fingertip before putting on a colour-pop shadow (I am so into blues, greens and metallics right now). This specific primer acts as a seal making your shadow crease-and-wrinkle-free all day long. I can confirm it has become integral to my slap ritual; it’s a keeper.” Jane

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MCG Derma

Lockdown beauty essentials

“I’ve never tried CBD in skincare before and so was intrigued to give this a go. Apparently it has miraculous results for sufferers of dry skin, like me. I’ve been using it for a couple of days and the effect is instantaneous. My skin is soft, hydrated and glowing. It has a cream-like gel texture and smells really good; clean and citrussy. MCG Derma uses the highest quality CBD formulation, which delivers a concoction of vitamins A, B, D and E – plus vitamin F which strengthens the skin moisture barrier for added protection. It’s also worked excellently for my 20-year-old daughter who suffers from extremely dry skin, caused by the anti-acne treatment Roaccutane which she was on three years ago. Needless to say, I’m struggling to get this serum back off her.” Marie Louise

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Repair Rescue Conditioner by Gorgeous

Lockdown beauty essentials

I’ve got very fine straight hair which is weak, wispy and impossible to plump up. With the Covid lockdown on top I’m in desperate need of a wonder home hair treatment. After reading about the miraculous properties of the Grow Gorgeous hair care range I thought I’d give their Repair Rescue Conditioner a whirl. It’s designed for damaged, brittle and coloured hair like mine. I’ve been slathering it on and leaving it to soak in at roots as it contains scalp stimulating properties to enhance growth. It’s thick and creamy and smells divine and after one application my hair is immediately more swishy with added gloss. It contains caffeine to stimulate the roots, an oat lipid complex to boost the scalp and allantoin to moisturise and condition the hair, plus there’s a mix of bio functional peptides and amino acids from the carob tree to strengthen the strands. I love that all the Grow Gorgeous products are vegan friendly, gluten free and formulated without parabens, sulphates, silicones, phthalates or mineral oil. I’m so impressed by the results I’ll be buying the Hair Density Serum next which meant to have amazing for volume.” Marie Louise

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