Making a difference: latest beauty finds that really count


Today I’m waxing lyrical about some of my latest skincare and beauty finds that have given amazing results. I can’t shout enough about Cult 51 night cream.  This came on the beauty scene in 2013, making headlines with it being called the ‘most expensive anti-ageing cream’ (it costs £125 per 50ml so it is VERY top end) but there’s a reason for its price tag. The ‘does-everything’ night cream encourages cells to mimic younger versions of themselves; renewing, regenerating and restoring your complexion to its former, more luminous glory. It is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by up to 52% in just 28 days.

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It has a rich, velvety texture that sinks in easily and doesn’t leave skin greasy (like many other night creams do). It is also fairly strongly perfumed (which I love but others may not). Packed with science know-how, all I know is that it gives skin a discernible difference come morning – looking brighter, fresher and firmer.

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Next on my list is Odacité’s Pure Elements Serum Concentrates. The LA-based beauty label aims to bridge ultra-performance with purity and targets the latest trend for tailored beauty products. Based on the art of skin-care layering (which we are slowly adopting from Korean women), the collection of serums (18 in total) target specific skin conditions and are packed with powerful plant extracts sourced from all over the world.

You simply add 2-3 drops into your chosen moisturiser, depending on what skin condition you want to target – from broken veins to sagging skin, blemishes to clogged pores. I’ve been trying out the Dull Skin Booster – which uses passion fruit and orange extracts (£28). It has given my skin a real uplift and vitality. I also love the ‘science-lab’ feel of adding the potent concentrates to your moisturiser. Natural yet brilliantly effective.

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Next up, I turn to haircare. Ogario London’s Revive and Shine Shampoo (£16.50) is based on natural plant extracts and essential oils and feels super-luxe. Containing baobab, an African fruit which is being proclaimed as this year’s must-have superfood (remember goji berries, anyone?), it leaves hair in tip-top condition and restores vitality.

Extracted from the leaves, baobab smells like grapefruit, pear and vanilla all rolled into one – giving the shampoo a gorgeous sweet scent. It is also combined with nettle and rooibos along with eight uplifting essential oils.

I’ve been using it with the brand’s Revive and Shine Conditioner (£18.50), which also smells lovely and has a gorgeous rich texture. My hair feels soft, scented and shiny.

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Finally, my last reveal is the gorgeous ‘can’t get enough of’ Orange Blossom Flower Oil by cult brand La Sultane de Saba. It’s part of the brand’s Journey of Delight collection of six product infused with orange blossom from Tunisia (including a body scrub, mist, shea butter, body milk and candle). I’ve been a fan of La Sultane de Saba since trying a body scrub last year. The natural brand is the creation of a Moroccan family who moved to Paris, and started creating products inspired by beauty secrets, rituals and ingredients from around the world.

I’ve been trying out the rather lovely Beauty Oil (£30) which is 98% natural and deeply nourishing. It is super-quick to apply to the body – so it’s really great for my morning routine when time is off the essence but I don’t want to skimp on my beauty rituals. Non-greasy – it disappears as soon as it touches the skin but leave limbs with a lovely sheen and subtle scent. One of the best body oils I have tried.

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