Yesterday evening a friend on Instagram asked what my everyday must-have essentials were and after I replied she suggested I make a blog post out of it, the thought hadn’t even crossed my mind. Looking after yourself is paramount in all aspects of your life, so it made perfect sense to include this – et voilà.
It’s my first attempt at a flat lay (or #flatlay if you’re an Instagram fiend), and my OCD was going into overdrive with all the angles and shapes; so whilst it’s not perfect in my eyes, it’s as close as possible for the time being. Progress not perfection remember…
Firstly, for my skin, I start the day off with Clarins Gentle Refiner; a cleanser and exfoliant suitable for everyday use, as it helps minimise pores and even out skin texture. I follow this with SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, a beauty tip given to me by a Chinese friend. Apparently it speeds up the skin’s natural renewal process, so far so good. Lastly I use Dr Sebagh’s Serum Repair, as I have oily skin most moisturisers can be troublesome; even light lotions tend to give me break-outs. It was suggested to me that a good serum would be sufficient and since using this product for a couple of months, no more spots! It is also suitable for the delicate eye area thus negating the need for eye creams. That said I do suffer from eye bags and dark circles (I try to convince myself these add character), so when they are particularly puffy or I feel my eyes need a little boost I use Ultimate Eye Lift Gel by Ole Henriksen. With only a few ingredients, most notably cucumber, not only does it smell good but it’s also cool and refreshing.
Secondly, a good smile is always important, so I keep my teeth pearly white with
teeth bleach and regular trips to the dentist Regenerate toothpaste at least twice a day. It’s said to rebuild the tooth enamel and whilst I don’t know the science behind the formula, it does certainly give that ‘dentist clean’ feeling.
Thirdly: Scent. I’m a sucker for most of Tom Ford’s ever-growing fragrance line, but Oud Wood has to be my number one. Strong, smoky and sexy. I mainly use it alone, due to it’s many notes, but occasionally I like to layer it with a floral perfume such as Rose Ikabena by Hermès to give it that extra twist. I even wear a spritz of scent before going to bed each night. A little bit of luxury never hurt anyone.
Lastly, the most important things I simply cannot live without: A Chanel mirror as I’m super vain and narcissistic, my battered but well-loved watch which was a present for my 21st birthday (punctuality is everything people); at least one ring, a copy of the Serenity Prayer – there is comfort in those wise words; and my most faithful appendage – my iPhone.
Thanks to the lovely ladies of Instagram who shared their must-haves and are the inspiration for this post: in alphabetical order @lornaluxe, @masteramas, @mimiettemi, @prihopkins; and @workyourstyle. Check them out and share the love.