Welcome to my Skincare Roundup for June!
June was a busy month for me, and with more events in my diary (and more makeup wearing days), my skincare products needed to work extra hard to keep my skin in good condition.
Thankfully, It’s gone pretty well on the beauty product front this month, with one exception (more on that coming up).
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So just to remind you, for reference as you read my reviews, here’s my age, skin and hair type. Oh and speaking of hair, I went for the chop last week (and I’ve also said bye-bye to the grey) hope you like my new style!
Here are the 4 products I want to share with you this month:
For me, the Eve Lom Cleanser is a beauty bucket list buy. I’ve been aware of it for years now and read plenty of glowing reviews, but, at £55 for 100ml (bear with me on this), I never brought myself to take the plunge. That’s an expensive cleanser not to like, right? However, I turned 40, I happened to be in SpaceNK with some birthday money burning a hole in my pocket, and there it was. OK, full disclosure – I didn’t buy the 100ml; what I actually did was buy the travel size (with muslin cloth) for £18.
In essence, the Eve Lom cleanser is a balm applied to dry skin, and as you might expect with a premium cleanser, there’s a particular way to use it. You’re advised to do 1 of 2 things: You can follow Eve Lom’s technique to press the balm onto your skin (There’s an instruction leaflet), or you can massage gently using circular motions. Whichever way you choose, you need to remove it with the muslin cloth provided (there’s a suggested ritual for this too).
I realise this may sound like a bit of a hassle – and it’s not something I would have done when my kids were really young and felt exhausted – but using the cleanser does feel like a self-care treat, and most importantly, it does a fantastic job.
My skin is so clean and smooth after using, no tightness, just an excellent base on which to add my serum etc. I’ve liked using it so much that I’ve now ordered the 100ml. With hardly any balm required per application, it will last me a long time.
They say: Described as ‘probably the best cleanser in the world’ by Vogue, the Eve Lom Cleanser offers a deep, skin reviving cleanse. This multi-purpose, multi-award-winning balm has been expertly balanced to suit all skin types. It combines the brand’s signature blend of four aromatic plant oils (Clove, Eucalyptus, Hops and Egyptian Chamomile) to promote glowing, radiant, smoother-looking skin. Clove Oil encourages clear, clarified skin, while Egyptian Chamomile Oil and Cocoa Butter soften, soothe and condition. It effortlessly melts away dirt and makeup (even stubborn waterproof formulas) while gently exfoliating and decongesting without drying or stripping skin.
Recommended for: Anyone who wants a hard-working cleanser that creates a mini-spa-like experience at home.
Good to know: I purchased mine at 20% off on LOOKFANTASTIC. Take advantage of the 20% new customer discount and regular discount offerings via their newsletter. Why not try the travel size like I did to start with?
Unlike usual toners, you don’t use a cotton pad or spritz to apply. You put a few drops of the essence onto your fingertips and sweep over your face and neck. Why? Well, because it isn’t actually a toner, but for me, it did the job of one (and then some), which is why on my return home, I purchased one.
Just like the Eve Lom Cleanser, this is not a budget product. At £62 for 150ml, it’s a commitment. However, just like before, I bought the travel size (50ml) for under £30, and again, as you only use a few drops per application, this will be in use for a long while.
Why do I like it so much? I feel the positive effects instantly on application; my skin feels smoother, less tight, brightened. It works exceptionally well in conjunction with my serum and facial oil.
They say: This liquid treatment protects from indoor and outdoor pollution, plus digital light, while increasing smoothness, luminosity, and suppleness. It also minimises the look of pores and fine lines, hydrates, and preps for the next steps. The star is kombucha, fermented black tea rich in antioxidants.
Recommended for: Everyone, especially if you haven’t found a toner you’re in love with yet.
The product looks good, and the scent truly is lovely, but the actual lotion is a real disappointment. The slightest bit of water on my hands post-washing makes the lotion tricky to rub in, and when it does rub in, my hands feel dry again pretty quickly. Perhaps it’s because I rate their Uplifting Hand Balm so highly that I feel less than impressed with the lotion, but regardless, this won’t be a re-purchase for me.
They say: Soften your skin with the NEOM Great Day Hand and Body Lotion. Infused with essential oils, including Wild Mint and Mandarin, the formula helps to calm and heal the skin, leaving a soft and supple surface. These eight essential oils also give the lotion a fresh and zesty scent, cloaking the body with an uplifting fragrance.
Zen Maitri’s Herbal Hair Oil is a scalp treatment. You apply a few pipettes of oil to the scalp and massage in for a few minutes. You need to leave it on for around an hour before washing it out. Now, I know this isn’t achievable for me on an ongoing basis, so I was as pleased as punch when I learnt that for best results, you should apply it at bedtime and leave on overnight – this fits far more easily into my lifestyle.
2-3 times per week, I will apply the oil at night and then wash it off in the morning. At first, I didn’t really notice any difference; however, I preserved, and that’s when I began to see the benefits. I noticed a difference in the bounce of my hair after washing, and my scalp began to feel less dry in general.
Now I’ve had my hair coloured, it will be interesting to see if the oil helps improve the condition etc. I can’t say it prevents my hair from shedding (that’s beyond a product’s control for the condition I have), but maybe, if you have the usual up to 100 hairs a day shed, it could be beneficial.
Oh, and I forgot to mention the oil is made from natural ingredients (always a big plus point for me), is free from all the nasty chemicals and smells amazing. It’s a lovely therapeutic mini head massage a few times each week!
They Say: Our Hair Oil is a powerful combination of therapeutic oils, essential oils and herbs to strengthen your hair and help it grow. Using a herbal oil for hair works to improve the condition of your hair and scalp, making it look and feel healthier. Whether your hair needs a boost of volume, it’s damaged and in desperate need of treatment, or you’re suffering from hair loss, our Hair Oil is a potent herbal solution that works on your hair from multiple angles.
Recommended for: Anyone who wants to add a natural, convenient treatment to their haircare routine.
Coming up in July:
There is so much I’m trialling this month. Look out for the BEST hair styling product for fine hair, a blissful body oil and a delicious (OK, not edible) body scrub. Plus, I’ve given in and agreed to trial an eye cream – I’ll be sharing the results soon. Have a great July!
There you have it for my June Skincare Roundup. Have you tried (or been thinking about trying) any of the products I’ve mentioned? Whatever you’d like to say – or ask – please do, just leave me a comment in the box below. I’m happy to help and I always love to hear from you.