Surfing beauty websites is my guilty (and expensive!) pleasure. I can happily spend hours (!) scrolling through Sephora (of course), Escentual (great for Clarins) and Cult Beauty, swooning over skincare and beauty products.
I first heard about Cult Beauty when I was editor of Coutts Bank’s women’s magazine. Cult Beauty founder Alexia Inge spoke to me about the fledgling website and how she hoped to demystify the beauty industry. And now, six years on, Cult Beauty is the place to go for beauty buys.
Cult Beauty is my go-to for old favourites and new launches: Tata Harper, Omorovicza and Alpha H. They always have loads of offers on their website – this month, if you spend £25 on Lord & Berry makeup you get a free makeup bag, travel liners and lipstick.
After a recent late-night e-shopping trip, this is what I bought…
Bio-Essence Miracle Bio Water Jelly Makeup Remover (£16) This Korean export removes makeup quick time! It comes with an easy-to use applicator making it less messier than my usual oil cleaners. I applied a couple of pumps of the jelly-like cleanser to my fully made up face, and it was instantly cooling in a good way. The instructions say to massage into skin and then wash away with water, whereas I removed with a damp face cloth. My skin felt fresh and clean after use. While not every trace of make up was removed, I followed up with second cleanse. This is a great (and much better!) alternative for face wipes. It’s quick, easy to use and the jelly texture isn’t drying.
Peter Roth Thomas Pumpkin Enzyme Mask (£39.50) Omg! This smells divine – like Christmas in a jar. I’ve wanted to try this scrub forever – after reading great reviews on Caroline Hirons’ website. It’s pricey but you get a lot for your money and only need a tiny blob each time. Recommended usage is once or twice a week. I’ve used in the mornings and for my evening second cleanse, and each time my skin says thank you! Apply to dry skin and slowly massage in. Leave for at least three minutes and then use a damp cloth to remove. The aluminium oxide crystals (the same used for microdermabrasion) leave skin brighter. Definitely worth a payday splurge!