woman&home Powder Beauty Box
It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the first ever woman&home Powder Drawer! As a beauty obsessive, I know there’s nothing more exciting than unwrapping a shiny new product for the first time, and this box is absolutely stuffed with beautiful, useful, desirable stuff hand-picked by the w&h beauty team just for you.
For a fresh skincare start, I love chic US brand Context and think you will too. The Micro-Derm Regenerator gently exfoliates, while the oil-free daily moisturiser is beautifully light, with SPF 15 protection – so important. Our other skin picks include hydrating Nip+Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum, luxurious Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, cool British vegan brand Dr Botanicals and my eye hero Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream, which tackles lines, dark circles, puffiness and more. Pop it in the fridge for extra cool points.
Show your hair some love with Show Beauty Premiere Working Texture Spray, possibly the most glamorous styling product ever. Fancy something fragrant? Miller Harris Tea Tonique Body Wash and Lotion turn any shower into a luxury experience, and I defy you not to adore sparkling Tiffany & Co EDP, in its iconic blue bottle.
Finally, the really fun bit – let’s play with make-up. MeMeMe Beat The Blues Liquid Highlighter & Illuminator is fabulous skin in a bottle – try it on cheeks, brows, collarbones and anywhere you want a glow. For evenings out, Rodial Suede Lips gives mega matte colour without drying out, and guess what? Now’s your chance to find out why Dr PawPaw Balm has global cult status. Clue: it does everything.
So, are you ready to rummage? We couldn’t be happier with the fabulous selection of goodies you’re about to discover, and for more grown-up beauty inspiration, visit our new-look website, womanandhome.com – and instagram@womanandhome
Fiona McKim, Beauty Editor, woman&home
What’s inside the box?
Nip+Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Serum
This cult serum has rave reviews – and for good reason. It’s packed with hyaluronic acid (a super hydrator that holds 1000x its weight in water) to plump and hydrate all skin types. The lightweight gel consistency gets to work quickly and absorbs fast. Expect it to become a firm favourite in your skincare routine.
POW_ER TIP: Use your serum before moisturiser. Serums contain molecules that delve deeper into the skin, whereas the job of a moisturiser is to hydrate the upper layers of the skin.
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
A staple in any beauty editor’s bathroom cabinet. Fresh’s clever cleanser ever so gently removes all traces of make-up and daily grime, leaving the skin feeling cleansed without stripping away precious moisture. The calming concoction of cooling cucumber, rosewater and replenishing soy proteins help to keep even the most irritable of skin types cool, calm and collected.
POW_ER TIP: As tempting as it is, resist the urge to rub skin dry as the tugging movement is bad for your elasticity. Instead, try patting motions to avoid damage.
Dr Botanicals Skincare (from a selection)
This is a great skin in a jar. Dr Botanicals’ products are jam-packed with natural-only ingredients that are not only great for your skin, but good for your skin too. Not bad for a brand that’s also vegan-friendly too.
POW_ER TIP: Don’t forget your neck! This area needs the same attention as the skin on your face, so take your skincare products downwards towards your décolletage too.
Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream
Eyes are the windows to the soul and when we’re tired, they’re usually the first to give it away. But you needn’t worry, when tired eyes strike, Skyn Iceland’s eye cream will be your first port of call to give sleepy peepers a wake up call. Like an espresso shot, it immediately awakens the eye area by softening lines, reducing puffiness and even lightening dark circles. Try it and see – you won’t be disappointed.
POW_ER TIP: You don’t need much eye cream to treat your eyes – a smidge the size of a grain of rice for each eye is enough to cover the area without overloading the skin with product.
SHOW Beauty Premiere Working Texture Spray
A hero of a hair product – and it’s not just good looking. A couple of spritzes gives any hair type effortless lift, shine and texture without ever weighing down strands or feeling crispy. We love using it to give structure and hold to an up-do or for adding beachy texture to the lengths of the hair. It also contains UV protection, helping to protect and maintain your hair colour too.
POW_ER TIP: Extend the life of your style or blow dry by liberally spraying sections of your hair for lasting hold.
Miller Harris Tea Tonique Body Wash
Like a cup of your favourite tea, this uplifting body wash will awaken both the mind and body in the mornings. Zesty lemon, Italian bergamot and black tea make for an aromatic experience you can take anywhere with you, all thanks to this handy airplane-friendly bottle.
POW_ER TIP: Layer the body lotion in the same scent to help the fragrance last all day long.
Miller Harris Tea Tonique Body Lotion
The perfect partner to the body wash, this luxuriously buttery lotion melts onto the skin to leave limbs heavenly scented and moisturised. It sinks in fast too, meaning you can apply and go.
POW_ER TIP: Apply lotion every day after bathing or showering to help keep skin soft and use sweeping motions up the legs to help aid circulation.
Tiffany & Co Eau De Parfum - Vial
A modern floral scent that’s as captivating and sparkling as the diamonds on Tiffany & Co necklace. Top notes of vert de madarine combine with iris and musk for a fragrance that garners attention and will have people stopping you to ask ‘what perfume are you wearing?’ Prepare to fall in love.
POW_ER TIP: Spray perfume in your hair – your strands hold on to scent for longer, creating a halo of fragrance around you.
Rodial Suede Lips in Big Apple
This convenient crayon delivers a sophisticated suede finish to the lips. The soft matte formula glides on to the lips and thanks to the addition of vitamin E, it leaves lips feeling soft and nourished. Inspired by the confident city woman, the Big Apple shade is a suits-all berry hue that works just as well in the office as it does for dinner and drinks.
POW_ER TIP: Thanks to the crayon tip, you can forgo lip liner with this lipstick – just outline the outer edges and fill in for long-lasting colour.
Dr PawPaw Original Balm
Once you’ve tried this, you’ll never know how you lived without it before. This multitasking product is the gift that keeps on giving; it works wonders on lips as a balm, on dry cuticles, as a moisturising skin protector – you can even use it on sunburn and as a flash hair treatment too.
POW_ER TIP: Use a dab to tame and hydrate brows – it will keep them in place all day and nourish them in one go.
Context Micro-Derm Regenerator
This 2-in-1 cleansing exfoliator soothes and purifies the skin, while the infused crystals gently slough away dead skin cells to unveil a sparkling complexion underneath. The formula is also enriched with macadamia and jojoba oil along with vitamins A, C and E, helping to nourish your newly revealed skin.
POW_ER TIP: Make sure to wear an SPF during the day after any form of exfoliation to help protect new skin cells.
Context Oil-Free Daily Moisturiser SPF15
The perfect partner to the Micro-Derm Regenerator, this oil-free mosturiser contains SPF15 to ward off UV damage, helping to keep skin looking its best. Botanical ingredients help to regulate sebum protection (say bye-bye to that a shiny complexion come 3pm) and the antioxidants help combat the effects of pollution on the skin. A powerhouse of a moisturiser.
POW_ER TIP: If you’re planning on having your photograph taken, avoid SPF. As it reflects light rays, it can wash you out in flash photography.
MeMeMe Beat the Blues Liquid Highlighter and Illuminator in Oyster Gold
This best-selling illuminator bathes skin in pearlescent light that stays steers clear of glitter territory. Dab the soft gold liquid on to cheekbones and brow bone for a healthy glow, or mix in with your favourite foundation, BB cream or moisturiser and watch the light dance around your skin. Let the ‘you look well’ compliments follow.
POW_ER TIP: Mix a few drops into your body lotion to lend a gleam to your limbs on evenings out.
Read on to find out what's in our Detox Beauty Box...
Detox Beauty Box
Spring has sprung – finally! Because this time of year is all about ‘out with the old and in with the new’, we’ve handpicked some of our favourite detoxing products to help you hit reset on your beauty regime. Whether you’re looking to detox your skincare shelf for Spring, introduce some new favourites into your make-up bag or just need a pick-me-up pamper sesh, our Detox Drawer has everything you need to look and feel your best. Here are the products we’ve carefully selected inside…
What’s in the box?
Recreate the magic of the legendary (and we mean, legendary) Darphin facials in the comfort of your own home. This French skincare favourite melts onto the skin, soothing stressed complexions and leaving you with a soft, soothed and supple complexion. It’s also infused with golden petals – if that doesn’t up your mask selfie game, we don’t know what will.
POW_ER TIP: Make like a facialist and combine the oil mask with a lymphatic massage to help detoxify skin and lend a healthy glow to the skin.
Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash - 50ml
We chose Balance Me’s hero cleanser because it really does deliver noticeable results. It’s sulphate free and 99% natural, making it one of the gentlest cleansers we’ve ever tried. Great for sensitive and acne-prone skin, it helps to balance and soothe angry complexions, all the while removing every trace of make-up without that dreaded tight feeling. Expect it to become a staple on your bathroom shelf.
POW_ER TIP: Use a damp cotton flannel to remove your cleanser – it will help to remove any lingering make-up and gently exfoliate the skin too.
Nip+Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Serum - 20ml
Believe the rave reviews about this wonder serum. It sounds like something Daenerys Targaryen might have on her skincare shelf, but the ‘dragon’s blood’ actually comes from a tree that’s hailed for its anti-inflammatory properties. Teamed with hyaluronic acid (a super hydrator that can hold 1000x its weight in water – gee wiz) and moisturising velvet flower and you’ve got yourself one heck of a super serum that leaves skin plump and hydrated.
POW_ER TIP: Hyaluronic acid is easily zapped out of skin by the atmosphere (we’re looking at you, air con). So hyaluronic serums are best followed with a moisturiser to lock hydration into the skin.
Crabtree & Evelyn Old World Jasmine Hand Cream - 20ml
The chic tube you’ll find in every beauty editor’s handbag. This shea butter enriched cream melts into the skin to soothe, condition and repair chapped hands, while the hypnotising jasmine fragrance leaves skin lightly scented. The perfect mid-day pick me up when your hands are craving moisture.
POW_ER TIP: Don’t forget your cuticles! Rub excess cream into nails to help condition dry skin and encourage stronger nail growth.
Sleek MakeUp I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in All Night Long – Mini
Finally – an eyeshadow palette filled with wearable shades (and not a rogue lime green in sight). This miniature travel-friendly version of Sleek’s I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette encases 12 neutral hues in both matte and metallic finishes. Use the pink and brown colours for an understated daytime eye, or sweep on a metallic burnished copper all over the lid for long summer nights. The looks are endless.
POW_ER TIP: For more pigment payoff, wet your eye shadow brush to give more oomph.
The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm - 7ml
A trusty lip balm we turn to time and time again. It contains a nourishing (yet non-sticky) formula of shea butter, beeswax, cocoa butter and honey that’s like a hug for your lips. Not only are the ingredients incredibly hydrating, but it’s rammed with antioxidants too, helping to protect your lips from environmental damage and premature ageing. An essential item for your desk if you live or work in a city.
POW_ER TIP: Apply a thicker layer overnight to act as a hydrating lip mask as you sleep.
Blaq Hydrogel Eye Mask - 1 Sachet
Some mornings you wake up with tired, dehydrated eyes – and they weren’t even wine induced! Ok, they were mostly alcohol related… but even so. Thankfully, these clever eye masks help to perk up sleepy eyes pronto. Simply place them underneath your eyes, kick back for 15 minutes and peel away to reveal hydrated and less puffy eyes. Genius.
POW_ER TIP: Pop these in the fridge beforehand for a cooling twist – perfect for hayfever or irritated eyes.
Tropic Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum - 5ml
Health junkies, rejoice! (And for those of us who’d rather have the burger, don’t worry, this one’s for you too). This serum is like a health shot for your skin – it contains nourishing avocado oil, coconut oil (that old chestnut!), marula oil and a whole roster of super greens like chlorophyll, kale and maca root to restore the skin’s defences, leaving skin brighter and minimising pores. It works a treat on healing inflamed areas and leaves your skin with an almighty glow. And let’s be real, it’s much easier than whizzing up a juice each morning.
POW_ER TIP: Scared of oils? Don’t be. Even on oily skin types, they can help balance the skin and regulate sebum production – so shiny T-zones will be on their best behaviour.
Cougar Hyaluronic Acid Oil - Full Size
Another best-selling hyaluronic acid product we love. Despite being an oil, it has a lightweight, water-like texture that’s like a tall glass of water for the skin – amazing on hungover Sunday mornings. Because oils are lipophilic they can sink in through the lipid layer of the skin, preventing moisture loss deep down and helping to plump out fine lines and wrinkles – perfect applied before your long-haul flight.
POW_ER TIP: Apply this oil before your moisturiser. It might go against instinct, but the oil molecules trick the skin into letting the ingredients deeper into the skin to the collagen-producing fibroblasts, without irritating the surface of your skin.
Lottie London Glossip Girl - Full Size
Matte lips have ruled for the past few seasons, but for Spring/Summer 18 the glossy lip is making a welcomed comeback (was anyone else getting permanently dry lips from their liquid lipstick addiction?). This non-sticky lip lacquer delivers the knockout pigment of a lipstick and a subtle sheen that gives the illusion of fuller lips. The hydrating formula is comfortable and wears well, meaning once the gloss fades, you’re left with a soft stain that lasts all day too – the perfect low maintenance lip colour for summer antics.
POW_ER TIP: For fuller looking lips, apply your usual lip colour and pat on a small amount of gloss to both the centre of your pout and the cupid’s bow cheat extra volume – sneaky.
HASK Purifying Deep Conditioner - Full Size
The warmer months mean holidays aren’t far away (yippee), but as much as we love the beach, UV rays can leave hair looking and feeling frazzled (boo). We chose HASK’s deep conditioning treatment because not only does it intensively hydrate hair, thanks to the charcoal, but it also helps to remove impurities to detox the hair and scalp. It works a treat on all hair types and can be used on colour treated hair as well. Simply rinse away for a healthy, swish-able mane in 10 minutes.
POW_ER TIP: To enhance the effects, wrap a warm towel on top of the mask to help absorption.
Pukka Cleanse Tea, Detox Tea and Ginseng Matcha Green Tea
There’s nothing quite like a cup of tea to unwind (pair it with a face mask and you’re living the dream) so we’ve chosen three of our favourite Pukka teas to aid your detox. Detox Tea is great with a slice of lemon to kickstart your morning, while Cleanse Tea is packed with herbs for supporting your skin from the inside out. Or, if you’re in need of a mid-morning boost, swap your 11am coffee for the Ginsend Matcha Green Tea, which is full of skin-loving antioxidants and green tea for a healthier caffeine hit. Time to put the kettle on…
POW_ER TIP: Tired eyes? Brew a couple of teabags and them set aside to cool before placing them under your eyes for 10 minutes – it will help to soothe and de-puff sleepy peepers.
Skin Chemist Essential Hydrating Day or Night Moisturiser - Full Size
These do-it-all moisturisers works wonders for all skin types. The Day Moisturiser contains vitamin E, coconut oil and Tiare Flower extract that work in tandem to purify and soothe the skin. The Night Moisturiser gets to work as you snooze to repair irritation and blemishes, while leaving skin firmer and hydrated when you wake up (no matter how little sleep you get).
POW_ER TIP: Let your moisturiser sink in for 10 minutes before applying make-up to help your base stay in place for longer.