There’s that thing people say, about hitting rock bottom. It goes “something, something, something… but the good thing is the only way is up”.
But, hang on… surely that’s not true. Going back up is not an inevitability – surely you can bounce along at rock bottom for some time. Perhaps forever? I hit my personal rock bottom some time at the beginning of the week. Hormones? Maybe. One or both of my children being vile? Not out of the question. The horrific neck crick that I woke up with one morning that became progressively worse over the next two days to the point where I was in tears? (Giles had to get the WD40 out and un-rust me) *
Dunno. Maybe all, or one. Or both? Who’s counting. But let me tell you: I am at a low point and I don’t especially see an upward swing coming any time soon and I may have to re-direct my post from Kentish Town to CrappyVille.
Meanwhile, there are some loose ends of things that, in my blue state, I may as well tell you about.
The first is that facial sprays are, I think, about to be a thing. I have been using one in lieu of moisturiser, morning and evening, called Toleriane Ultra 8 by La Roche Posay, which is ideal for sensitive skin, delivering loads of moisture without any rubbing-in or, at this time of year, any thing where the application on top of make-up or SPF leads to crumbing. It’s very good.
The other facial spray is by Balance Me and is a PHA Clarifying Mist, which is basically another one for sensitive (i.e. spot-prone) skin, containing PHAs to exfoliate and antibacterial stuff but it will not irritate your skin or make you spontaneously combust on contact with sunlight. I’ve only just started using this so have no judgment to make but I thought I’d mention it anyway as you’re going to see it promoted everywhere as Balance Me have very good grass-roots marketing.
While we’re on the subject of Balance Me, they make one of the world’s best lip balms, the Stellar Balm. I’ve had my little pot for ages and it’s wonderful stuff and I keep meaning to give it a well-deserved plug. So many lip balms just slide around greasily on the surface of the lip, not sinking in or really doing anything of any use. This got me to thinking about my best lip balms, which are…
Lansinoh cream – this is for cracked nipples, but it is the best lip balm ever. That Dr Lipp stuff and Lanolips are having a laugh – they’ve repackaged it and charged like five times the price for the same (or suspiciously similar) product, which is grease made out of sheep. I’m in the wrong job.
If I was thrifty I would buy a massive tube of this and decant it into little Trinny London stacking pots and all my lip balm troubles would be over for ever.
But I do love variety – and you also can’t beat Carmex.
The best non-weird tasting SPF lip balm is from UItraSun. Sure, go ahead and laugh… have YOU ever had a burnt top lip? It’s not funny.
What else? Oh yes. Okay this is random but I found the best ever little white sun top at… NEW LOOK!!! Normally I would touch New Look, mostly because I’d be worried about getting a shock from all the static, but I tried this during mad lockdown boredom and it was absolutely the perfect thing. I don’t suit ruffles but I do want to do the sort of Isabel Maranty frilly top thing this year and this strikes just the right balance. I adore it. The sizing is accurate and generous around the boobs, take your usual.
One last thing. No wait, two more. If you’re wondering what’s missing from your summer wardrobe, it’s possibly a pair of espadrilles. Castaner have branched out from super-high slag platform espies to flat things, which I like the look of but have yet to wear mine out from last year so cannot justify a new pair. I dunno, I like those Soludos ones but I always hesitate to get a pair because I’d feel like such a tit getting into an argument with someone while wearing flamingos on my feet.
Okay last thing: I have just discovered that super swank perfumer Miller Harris do weeny 2ml tester bottles, which are more than enough for about 6 months’ worth of scent if you ask me, for £3. They also do 9ml bottles of certain fragrances for £8. I got myself one of the Lumière Dorée because my friend Preena who wears it graciously allowed me to copy her and I am pleased as punch with it. I never want to commit £400 to a very posh perfume and now I don’t have to!
Just generally it’s nice to see perfumers a bit more on board with try-before-you-buy. There is no way you can accurately try out a scent in a crowded department store where you are being bombarded by 90 other smells and hungry for your lunch. Trying to wheedle a sample off the girl at the counter is just embarrassing. And of course all of that it, right now, a moot point.
So to let you buy a small amount of one or two so you can wear them about while you’re thinking about it seems like good sense to me.
Although can any smell really beat Eau Dynamisante by Clarins? Especially in the summer? Or am I really showing my age. Discuss.
*I have now got some Co-codamol and Valium so things are looking up