This week’s been a bit of a whirl-wind, and next week promises to offer up more of the same. Late nights, early starts, not drinking as much water as I’d like, and generally rushing through my skincare of an evening…I know, sacrilegious, but there it is. To add insult to injury, there’s not even been time to book in for a relaxing facial so this weekend, I decided to take the matter into my own hands, literally, and give my skin the uber-pampering it was so obviously crying out for.

Sunday afternoons, when everyone’s feeling a little lazy after a heavy meal, are the perfect opportunity  to lock myself away in the bathroom; no danger of anyone calling on me as they all laze around on the sofa.

First off, a double cleanse to remove all the impurities, dirt and makeup. I’ve recently been trying out the Suti range of skincare, and I have to say, I’m really very impressed. The Facial Cleansing Balm may look a little grainy in the pot, but it melts beautifully onto the skin and is perfect for a little facial massage if you’re up for it. It’s packed full of Avocado, Apricot Kernel and Sunflower oils while the Shea Butter (responsible for the grainy appearance) add that extra element of luxury. First cleanse, I used my all time favourite Clarisonic Mia to really remove the dirt and grime, second time round, the Emma Hardie microfibre cloth to completely remove the cleanser.

Next up, the a deep cleansing exfoliating mask in the form of GlamGlow Youthmud Mask. Am I the last person on this earth to try this? And why oh why did it take me so long? It does exactly what it says on the tin; it tingles, it exfoliates, it left my skin clearer, softer and more radiant – it was literally just what my skin needed. This could be one of those masks I might not be able to live without. 

Normally, I’d follow a deep cleansing mask with an exfoliator, but having used circular motions to rinse off the textured GlamGlow, that extra step was made redundant, so a quick swipe of the Galénic Pur Micellar Water (bought on holiday) was all I needed before spritzting with the Suti Rose Water Organic Facial Toner to hydrate (thank you Caroline for enlightening me!). Next up, a deeply moisturising, intensly calming facial oil. The Suti Rejuvenate Face Oil smells divine, packed full of Rosehip Seed, Evening Primrose and Argan Oils. A little massage with this, and I’m transported to olfactory heaven.

And finally, a new eye serum I’ve been trying out has made it’s way into the daily roster. Green People may not be on your radar as a brand but check out their new Age Defy+ range. I’ve been trialling a few of the products and they are really bringing it to the table. The Liner Eraser Lip & Eye Serum feels hydrating and firming. The Sea Holly stem cells work their little butt off to protect the elastin, fibrillin and collagen – just a week of use and I’m feeling the difference. 

Before I headed downstairs, away from my little haven of peace and pampering, I slicked a layer of Clinique’s Superbalm Lip Treatment over my pout.

And then it was back to the raging hordes for the rest of the afternoon. An hour well spent? I think so.



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