With countries around the world placed into lockdown to flatten the COVID-19 curve, beauticians, hairdressers and nail technicians up and down the country have closed. If we’re to slow down the spread of Coronavirus, then we need to adhere to social distancing and self-isolation. That means doing your own beauty regimes at home for a while – which can actually be a great way to spend time and maintain mental and physical health. So here’s a few at-home beauty buys to help you get by…
If you’re used to tanning in a salon, try this utan Calendula Turbo Mousse (£24). With a bergamot and calendula scent, it’s designed for anyone looking for a light glow up to an ultra-dark tan. Its vegan alkaline formula doesn’t streak, and the unique pH balanced mousse dries quickly and without residue. I’ve got to admit I’m pretty impressed.
Lash inserts on their last legs? Don’t be left with a couple of straggly clingers-on – go back to good old falsies with these Lash Perfect ‘British In a Strip’ lashes (£12.95). A collection of 10 luxury, super-soft strip lashes, they can be molded to the shape of the eye seamlessly due to their flexible band, and are available in both Black and Brown.
Used to getting your eyebrows perfected in a salon? Many of you might have been planning a microblading touch-up before Covid-19 took control. Bobbi Brown’s Brow Kit (£35) can be your go-to of choice: with two complementary shades of powder and a mini brow brush, you can maintain that perfect arch.
Tackle dry, tough skin on your feet with these Footner Exfoliating Socks (£9.99). Reducing hard skin and cracked heels with one application, simply pop them on for an hour – and one to seven days later the hardened and dead skin peels from your feet!
Need to sort out your overgrown gel nails? Go back to basics with a good old nail file and your choice of polish. My money’s on this Leighton Denny Expert Nails Polish in Supermodel (£12) – its fabulous mink tone takes you from work to play, even if you’re doing both of those at home.
If you prefer a smooth, hairless look, this Sugar Coated Waxing Pack, £20, is what I’ll be using over the coming months: certified vegan, cruelty-free and made in the UK, it comprises a Full Body Hair Removal Kit, Pure Fine Talc and Soothing Mist.
I don’t know about you, but I struggle to achieve the same results as I get in the salon when I try to do a facial at home. That’s why I’m very much looking forward to trying the Elemental Herbology At Home Facial Gift Set (£49), which features a Cell Plumping Moisturiser, Nutrition Infusion Sheet Mask and a Rose Quartz Facial Roller. I’ve been told I’ll be left with nourished, radiant skin
Normally I’d turn to a trusted in-salon body exfoliation to improve circulation and help drain those lymph nodes. Instead, I’ve vowed to give The Sanctuary Salt Spa Scrub (£13) a go – its sumptuous blend of dead sea salts and nourishing oils promise to leave my limbs feeling perfectly polished and moisturized to boot.
Sitting at your dining-table-cum work-space giving you back pain? This ESPA Body Oil Collection (£32) features the very best of nature’s purest and most effective essential oils in handy 15ml sizes. There’s Fitness, Restorative, Soothing, Energising, Detoxifying and Resistance to choose from, all of which are 100% natural bespoke blends to restore calm and balance – something we could all very much do with right now.
There’s a bunch of high street brands that can keep your skin looking and feeling fresh. One such brand is Soap & Glory, whose products are both affordable and fun. I’ve made sure to buy a pot of their Sleep Pump Overnight Moisture Mousse (£14) to help boost skin while you sleep.
Stay safe – and please remember to support your beauty salons and hairdressers when they open their doors again.