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The Cleansing Step You’re Missing

Not only do we have scrub our entire body so we feel as silky as an Hermes scarf, we should also be exfoliating our scalp?! I put the new IGK Cleansing Walnut Scalp Scrub, £31 to the test to see if we should all be adding this extra step to our cleansing routine.

My initial thoughts on this were not great – I wasn’t keen on the scent and I really struggled to get into my scalp with the product to actually give it a scrub. Instead, my hair felt clogged and I couldn’t wait to wash it off. Luckily, I felt full of second chances and gave it another go.

I’m still not a fan of the scent however, I do like the cooling effect it gives. I slathered the paste down my parting and thoroughly massaged it into my scalp before going all over my hair with it and since I hadn’t washed my hair in 4 days, it really needed it.


Post wash, I went in with my Noughty Blondie Locks Conditioner which smells divine and makes up for the minty walnut mess. Combined my hair felt smoother, looked shinier and was oh so clean.

Seeing as I make it a ritual to exfoliate my body, I don’t see why we shouldn’t be taking care of our scalps too and since this is packed with natural ingredients like apple cider vinegar which seals the cuticles and peppermint oil which helps to establish a healthy PH for the scalp, I’m keen to add this to my routine once a week.

It’s especially good if you’re like me and dry shampoo has been your saviour for a few days because this really gives your hair a deep and nourishing clean.

 

EKD X

 

Pass Me The Bubbly

The new hydrating hits from Givenchy got me deviating from my usual skincare routine to try the bubbly Hydra Sparkling Lotion, £33 and Hydra Sparkling Serum, £55 to see if my skin cravings could be quenched.

I can’t lie, my favourite aspect of this collection is the packaging with the infused bubbles but even on my sensitive skin, this hydrating pair worked a treat. Both have a lightweight formula that glides onto the skin leaving a refreshing sensation.

The gel texture of both is something I didn’t expect to be keen on however, I really like it! This texture is perfect for the warmer months as it is so refreshing on the skin. The lotion is thin and silky but it is perfumed which is an aspect I really  dislike in skincare. It leaves my skin so smooth and moisturised though and makeup sits well on top.

Again, the Serum is perfumed and has the gel consistency. Layered over the lotion, my skin is cooled and as a result, feels plump and hydrated. My face visibly appears to be glowing and radiant which makes it a winner in my book. The unique formula is a joy to use; when you pump some onto your hand, the blob is filled with bubbles and is wonderfully apparent when you rub it into the skin.

For the Summer, these two are dreamy and refreshing and let’s be honest, I never can resist the bubbly, especially when it’s the good stuff.

EKD X

GLD

It’s day 3 post hair wash and I’m swiping on layers of Rodin lipstick in the hopes that no one will notice. I curl my eye lashes up to the sky and begin to coat them with Glossier Lash Slick, £14 for the first time – within moments I can tell it’s going to be my greatest lash day ever.

When it comes to getting ready in the morning, I can usually tell fairly early on whether it’s going to be a good hair day or whether my makeup is going to be on point but rarely do I even consider my lashes… They’re short and lifeless and even with a curl and lashings of mascara, they still disappoint.

Glossier Lash Slick is a mascara I never knew I wanted. It enhances my own lashes and gives me flexible length, separation and flutter with absolute ease and yet they just look like I’m having a good lash day.

Housed in the predictably pink packaging and delivered in the handy glossier pouch, this mascara looks wonderful both on and off my lashes. I have three other mascaras on the go at the moment but I haven’t even bothered with them since LS captured my lash loyalty.

When and if I ever got excited about buying a mascara (rare), I thought I was looking for something heavy with the name ‘false lash effect’ in the name but now I think about it, that isn’t what I wanted and is probably why I never found a favourite mascara that didn’t smudge, clump or dry out in a hot minute.We all know the pure torment of scrubbing your eyes to only give up and then wake up the next morning with sticky black paste down your face, right? Well, the Lash Slick brush coats each and every lash and the water-resistant formula never gives you midday panda eyes like some of my other mascaras and yet, it rinses away at the end of the day with warm water and my usual cleanser. What more could we ask for?!
Nothing excites me more these days than a new Glossier launch so I guess GLD could be Good Lash Day or Glossier Launch Day but either way, us millennials win.

 

EKD X

Ready For This Jelly

When it comes to my caring for my skin, I’m finding my 6-step skincare routine isn’t cutting it. Just like a hot bubble bath at the end of a long day, my face also needs to de-stress and so the Kiehls Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydrating Masque, £44 has become my bi-weekly nightcap.

Twice a week, after a pre and double cleanse, I slather the yellow jelly all over my face and neck and I try to make a real effort to r e l a x. It feels lightweight on the skin and I find the cooling effect seriously refreshing, especially after the humid heat we’re feeling at the moment.

Face masks have previously been sectioned into two categories in my mind – 1. A sloppy green paste housed in a sachet, the kind you’d buy from Superdrug for a £1 and resembles a Herbal Essences ad or 2. A drying charcoal masque which sucks the impurities and life out of your skin. Obviously, I’m now more informed and aware of the huge variety of masks available and as a result I always try and include some form in my routine to keep my skin smooth and blemish free.

I usually leave the masque on for about 5-10 minutes and then wash it off with warm water. Afterwards, my face feels smoother and hydrated but more than anything it allows me 10 minutes where all I need to do is lay back and unwind.

At the end of the day, I am always ready for the jelly!

EKD X

Boldly Bare

Who says you have to go all out to be knockout? From sheer foundations to beautifully enhanced brows and soft balmy lips, take your makeup bare to feel bold this summer.

The standout trend from S/S18 was to bare it all and I am so here for it! From flawless filtered Charlotte Tilbury skin to Glossier ‘I just woke up like this‘ vibes, I am ready to go sheer and glossy in the hopes that I too, will look somewhat like Gigi Hadid.

Boy Brow

recently changed my life, framed my face and ensured I would receive kudos from commuters. Stroked upwards, my brows appear bushy and ready for anything – What more do I need? Thanks Glossier.

Dior Lip Glow

has been rolling around in the bottom of my handbag for years but now my cult favourite is available in 9 hydrating shades. When I’m not swiping on 001, I’m rubbing Lanolips Lemonade into my chapped pout as it’s the perfect primer to prep for lipstick.

I’m in a casual relationship with the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream.

Somedays I’m so over it and never want to see or smell it again and on others, it’s the first thing I reach for when I wake up. This hyped foundation has such a pigmented and thick consistency that it takes some getting used to. I’m still working on it but for now, I blend half a pump with my fingers until it is sheer and I am covered.

Puff is powerful, girls

Imagine if you could blend a pink fluffy cloud onto your cheeks, well now you can. Say hello to Puff. This tube of millennial delight offers buildable blush in a pillowy formula, perfect for a barely bold makeup day where your flawless dewy skin does all the talking.


NARS x ERDEM, Loves Me Not

This blusher may not have much pan appeal but once swept across my cheeks, this pink powder makes me look like me, but on a really good day. The packaging also adds to the pure delight of this collab, particularly because I’ve been anchoring after a sold out Erdem skirt from A/W17 for about nine months now.



BECCA and I are going steady.

It doesn’t really matter how much sleep I get, I never ever look rested. The caves under my eyes are deep and dark and so I rely on the Becca Brightening Corrector to make me look like I got my beauty sleep. This peachy cream has become my number one bare essential as it illuminates my complexion and brings me back to life.

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Moon Lidstar

Glossier’s famous cream eyeshadow provides a sheer wash of colour for boldly bare makeup looks. Lidstar locks onto your lids all day and it is so illuminating your eyelids look lit from within. I’m not complaining though, we all know that good things come to those who glow.

 

X EKD

 

 

 

All 4 model shots from Vogue Runway, Dior lip glow images from Dior, Becca Corrector Swatch from Cult Beauty

 

Blahnik

“Hi. It’s Carrie Bradshaw.
I wanted to let you know that I’m getting married.
To myself. I’m registered at Manolo Blahnik.
So thanks. Bye.”

 

Won’t You Take Me To Flavourtown

Sometimes I think I should’ve been named Emily Cake instead of Emily Kate for the simple reason that I am a cake connoisseur. Is there really anything more disappointing that dry cake? Or grainy icing? Or tasteless sponge? NO, there is not. And so, I went on the hunt for the best cake in town and I actually found it, at Flavourtown Bakery in Fulham. The vanilla rainbow cake, to be exact and what a dream it is. Moist, fluffy and decadent, the cake at FT is so addictively good that my friend and I did a drive-by at 9am to satisfy cake cravings for breakfast – it was so worth it!

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Bluebell’s Holiday

Puppy Bluebell is the cream to our cookie, the icing to our cake and the cheese to our pizza. Ok, I don’t know why they all become food related but I don’t think Bubby would mind.

Recently, we took Bluebell on holiday and being the queen that she is, insisted on having her photo everywhere she went and so here is our wiggle bum spaniel soaking up the Whitby life.

X EKD

The Perfect Sunday

Since moving down to London, my favourite Sundays have been spent in Richmond, at Petersham Nurseries. This is mostly due to the spectacular curated spaces they have which inspire me to buy plants instead of lipstick and partly because it makes me forget I am in central London – which is exactly what one needs after a week of running on the hamster wheel.

My friend introduced me to Petersham Nurseries and I know for a fact I would never have discovered it on my own. Their coffee, croissants and brownies hit that mid morning spot and the innovative decor makes me feel like I’ve stepped into Alice’s wonderland!

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My Beauty Secrets

It was August 2014 when I bought my very first jar of Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. A pop-up counter had just arrived in Selfridges Manchester and I was absolutely desperate to try the mystical potion of wonder for myself. 3 years on and countless different creams later, I find myself right back where I started – infatuated with Magic Cream. From Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré to Clarins HydraQuench and Kiehls Ultra Face Cream, nothing compares to CT MC, despite all my eager efforts.

My secret to beautiful skin is a thorough skincare routine; this sumptuous crème has a light and illuminating formula like no other and instantly hydrates my lacklustre complexion. Magic Cream exudes a decadent rose aroma that is delicately feminine and as the glamorous jar resides on my vanity, I can’t help but think that this cream will always be worth its mighty £70 price tag.

As I discussed here, I love using cream products especially in the summer because they create such a radiant and skin-like finish. Thus, when I spied the Nars Orgasm Liquid Blush whilst wondering around Space NK, I knew immediately that this would be one to try since my secret to long-lasting and natural looking makeup is using cream products and layering.

I bought the cult Orgasm Powder Blush back in 2014 when I first started blogging and it’s one of my most used blushes to date therefore, I felt confident that the new liquid blush would be just as epic and I was right. The Orgasm Liquid Blush is incredibly pigmented and blends effortlessly into the skin with a brush or fingers for a long-lasting glow. Paired with the Chantecaille Gel Bronzer, my skin looks sun kissed and luminous.

It was about 7 years ago when I became enchanted by Tom Ford Private Blend Parfum. My mum had read about Black Violet in Marie Claire and so we popped into Selfridges to sample it. I had never smelt anything like it in my life consequently, Black Violet became the scent of my dreams and continued to be until I actually went to purchase it years later… Which was when my violet dreams were shattered in a mere minute because I discovered Black Violet had been discontinued. (Apparently, BV was Tom Ford’s favourite and he wanted to keep it for himself. Terribly selfish if you ask me…)

And so, that is when I discovered Noir de Noir – my signature and the fragrance that makes me feel like myself. Season after season and year after year, Noir de Noir is the only Eau de parfum I buy and I utterly adore it.

When it comes to my perfect highlighter, I would typically seek out Becca or Tom Ford however, when Estée Lauder launched their extremely successful collaboration with Victoria Beckham last year, I instantly picked up the Modern Mercury Highlighter and I was not disappointed. This rose tinted illuminator is housed in the most luxurious packaging and has quickly become my makeup bag secret weapon.

Modern Mercury is unlike anything in my collection and it’s absolutely glorious swept across the highpoints of the cheeks – I like to think of it as a hybrid between a blush and a highlight and who doesn’t love a multi-use product?

These four swoon worthy products are just a few of my beauty secrets! Combined, they ensure I look and feel like the best version of myself and I couldn’t recommend them enough.

 

EKD X