International Beauty Report: English Beauty

 

As Murphy would predict, I recently ran out of all my facial care products simultaneously. I debated whether to purchase the same humdrum products that I had previously used—ones that had done nothing extraordinary or even noticeable to my face, but ones that I was simply used to. In the midst of this skincare conundrum, I became introduced to a new brand that had never before crossed my path. It’s called Eve of St. Agnes, and it is a handcrafted skincare line based out of England.

Now, I’ve always had a slight fascination with the UK (I just became engaged to an Englishman after all!) and decided to give this all-natural skin care line a shot. It was love at first try. The Nourishing Cleansing Cream is buttery soft, smells of zesty essential orange oil and also contains honey and cocoa butter. The detergent and soap free product comes with a linen cloth that is meant to be used as a gentle emulsifier and skin smoother. The product claims to remove make up and deeply cleanse the skin in one silky step, and it doesn’t disappoint.

In addition to the loveliness of the Nourishing Cleansing Cream, I have become a fan of the Hydrating Facial Silk, which is the most hydrating yet least thick and sticky moisturizer I’ve ever used. It is easily absorbed and doesn’t make my skin feel overly heavy or coated. It too has a lovely citrus scent that has become my new obsession.

As well as the products being effective and handmade, the packaging is as adorable as can be, and affects a black and white Alice in Wonderland feeling—think quaint doodles of owls, trumpets and bamboo shoots—on each product. Not only does it make facial care fun, Eve of St. Agnes products are good for the environment and they actually work. Way to go, jolly old England! 

International Beauty Report: English Hair

For some, England brings to mind scones, the royal family and more recently, Downton Abbey. But when I think of England, it’s the beauty product Mecca—Boots—that captures my undivided attention. Now that I am engaged to an Englishman, I have the happy prospect of many future visits to the UK, and subsequently to Boots, where I can stock up on brands often not sold across the pond. One of my favorites? Lee Stafford.

The English celebrity hairdresser’s line of products has taken my hair product arsenal by storm. While browsing in the hair care aisle, I spotted a collection of bright pink bottles. Upon closer inspection, I noticed the logo sported a picture of a bulldog—and being the canine lover that I am, I was hooked.

I tested out two products: the Dry Shampoo and the Flat Iron Protection Shine Mist. Verdict? Both are excellent.

Ever since my hairdresser told me she only washes her hair once every four or five days, I’ve adopted a similar regimen. Trouble is, I balk at the first hint of greasiness. Dry shampoo has become my closest friend and ally, and I’ve never found one better than Lee Stafford. It sprays on in the form of a very fine powder, and makes my hair feel soft and fresh.

The Flat Iron Protection Shine Mist, too, is a winner, and makes my unruly, frizzy hair behave properly—even in humid weather. And the icing? The scent of these products is addicting, in fact, Stafford’s slogan is “Have fun, look wicked, smell beautiful.” Thanks Mr. Stafford, I will.

Select Lee Stafford products are available at Target.com.