Mar 20, 2017 | By Catarina Lambranho
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This time last week I was climbing the Great Wall of China for Great Ormond Street Hospital – and it really was a climb. Thousands of steps a day took me to great heights and plunging lows with a knee that gave up half way along. Fun though – albeit taxing on the thighs, feet, back and willpower alike. I had to raid the beauty cupboard on my return just to try and feel normal again – thanks to these five beauties I’m very nearly there.
1. Sleep Tight
16 hours of flying, changing clocks and no rest for the wicked led to sleep completely evading me. Thank goodness then for Cowshed’s new Sleep Cow Travel Set. Tackling jet-lag head on it features a body lotion, bath salts, pillow mist, tea and facemask that have at least contributed to the few snippets of shut-eye I’ve managed to get. Using a calming blend of Melissa and lemon myrtle essential oils, I’ve felt the tension and muscle strain blissfully melt away each evening.
2. Heavenly Touch
The amazing people at Elemis were kind enough to offer me a turn on their one-of-a-kind amber and quartz crystal bed this week. 1 hour and 15 minutes saw me massaged into a complete state of relaxation thanks to the divine Hot Mineral Body Boost. Warm crystals were moulded around my body, helping to detoxify, release muscle tension and promote a metabolic balance, all finished off with a face and scalp massage for an all-over glow. One of the perks? The bed is in the Penthouse suite of the newly opened Elemis Spa near Oxford Circus. It can be hired out for an entire day with champagne on-tap, food delivered from surrounding restaurants and an air of pure tranquility I’ve yet to find in many other establishments. Top notch.
3. Paint Me Pretty
My nail obsession is no secret, so spending nine days – IN PUBLIC – without the opportunity to sort out the talons made me just a little distressed. Returning home to this new seasonal kit from Deborah Lippmann lifted the spirits though, and my nails have swiftly returned to their usual coloured ways. Exclusive to Selfridges, Across the Universe pairs a steely grey and true white with a glittering topcoat made up of navy, metallic green and blazing blue particles. It’s a little treasure that is both perfect for the season and the upcoming festive period.
4. Fragrance fun
After heading to a new fragrance launch a few months back, I couldn’t have been happier to return from my travels and discover it’s finally available for purchase. Perfume wasn’t exactly a priority while climbing the wall, especially given the amount of physical exertion it took to heave myself up steps that looked as though they were made for giants. I’ve been smelling as sweet as pie since though, with the first scent from Couverture & The Garbstore – a chemical and synthetic free fragrance inspired by the Turkish coastline named No Chemicals– leaving me in a spicy, aromatic haze of pink pepper, black tea, ginger, tobacco and rose. Refreshing in more ways than one.
5. Too Cool For School
This product hasn’t exactly helped me recuperate but I did discover it whilst out and about in Beijing. Officially from Korea, I managed to nab it in Sephora and was initially attracted by the ridiculously cute packaging that depicts dinosaurs (yes dinosaurs) frolicking in the big city. Part of the Too Cool For School brand, the Dinoplatz range is a smart mixture of Asian technology alongside a level of kitschness that instantly captures my heart. This Cushy Blusher in Surf’s Up is my new best friend.
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