As you may have gleaned from my other beauty posts, when it comes to me and beauty, I am generally two things: a big ol’ cynic, and a lover of natural, cruelty-free brands. It usually means I find most products take-it-or-leave-it. This is especially true in the skincare department, where everything claiming to ‘Fix You’ (thanks for the tears, Coldplay) mostly just sits on your skin. And when it costs a bomb to test (and dislike), in the words of Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”
So when a PR company sends me a new range I end up loving so very much — enough that I’m already planning to buy again — I’m one happy bunny. Enter in KINN, an organic lifestyle brand with a killer bath & body range.
When Ruth Crilly of A Model Recommends places something in her most-coveted Top 10 Beauty, you step up and listen. Alpha-H Liquid Gold has warranted cult status from everyone and their mom it seems, hailed as the HG to non-abrasive exfoliation. Reading reviews of this liquid gold (no pun intended… okay yes, pun intended), one commenter even said, “At 70 years old I have cared for my skin all my life using numerous products, but this one takes things to a different level.” As you may know, I’m rather dubious when it comes to believing the hype over cult beauty, but with that kind of praise, I had to give it a try. What’s my verdict? Read on, curious reader. Read on.
Part two of my ‘Can’t Live Without…’ Beauty series. Skincare (and hair) products are my absolute favourite. For one, I feel like it’s the closest you can be to an apothecary (which, as we all know, is the coolest of ancient professions). Secondly, it’s the category of beauty that aims to change for the better — rather than cover what’s wrong. It’s why I spend so much time (and money) on skincare products, and it’s why my bathroom cabinet looks a bit like a sorcerer’s chamber.
It’s beauty week here on Wolf & Stag! In this two-part series, I’ll be chatting all things ‘Holy Grail’ beauty — otherwise known as HG or “the products I can’t live without.” These are the beauty buys I’ve felt worth splashing my hard-earned money repeatedly — because they are just that damn good. In part one, I’ll be focusing just on makeup. In Friday’s Part Two, I’ll be delving into the apothecary-like world of good skincare.
Featured image via Ralph & Rice. So you know how celebs/bloggers/annoying people in your life have ‘their’ salon that they always go to? The ‘hair stylist’ they can only trust to do their hair? Yep, you can tell I am not one of those people. Not because of lack of want, but because A.) I am financially dependent on first-time Treatwell discounts (my hair is fucking expensive and loooooong, people) and B). I hadn’t found one I liked enough yet.
Well, a few Mondays ago, one salon was able to break through my cynical shell and bring me that ohhh I get it now! moment that I had been wanting to find: Ralph & Rice. My favourite salon in London.