Laura Butler-Madden's Winter Beauty Round-up

Those who know me will know that I’m a bit of a beauty addict – I’m also very brand loyal, so once I find a brand I love I do like to keep using it, which can cause it’s own issues as there are so many gorgeous brands out there to try! I also like to as much as possible to stick to natural products as I’m quite conscious about what I’m putting on my skin. I’m a huge fan of both Ren and Cowshed, which have amazing natural ranges – I have recently started using Cowshed’s new deodorant, Cow Pit, which I’m so pleased to have discovered. I’ve been looking for an effective chemical free deodorant for a long time and this one really fits the bill.

I’ve also recently discovered the brand Figs & Rouge – I simply love their range of products – the packaging is classy in monochrome and they use natural bio-active technology. I think in Winter it’s particularly important to look after and nourish your skin, so I wanted to share my top Winter beauty buys!

Laura Butler-Madden's Winter Beauty Round-up

  • First on my list is sleep! In winter I find I’m always lower in energy and so a good night’s sleep is even more important. For Christmas I was given a beautiful satin eye mask from Olivia Von Halle and it’s changed the way I sleep. In the past I have only ever used an eye mask when travelling on long haul flights, but over the last couple of months I’ve been channelling Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl and wearing it each night at home too. I can’t tell you how much it’s changed my sleep – although I don’t think I’m sleeping for longer, I am definitely sleeping more deeply, with less interruptions. And you just can put a price on a good night’s sleep!
  • A moisturising bath oil is really important to keep skin soft in winter months – my current choice is Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil from Ren.
  • It’s important to moisturise well after your bath too – for best results apply a moisturiser or oil while your skin is still a little damp – I’m currently using Moroccan Rose Otto Body Lotion, but another of my favourites is Divine Oil by Caudalie, which really does smell divine!
  • Also make sure you cleanse your skin well morning and night, but in the colder months use something gentle on your skin. My current choice is Figs & Rouge Clarifianté Purifying and I’m also loving their Hydra – Active 3 in 1 Hero Cream – perfect for dry skin on face or hands.
  • Really nourish your skin in Winter – I adore Chantecaille and I find the Aromacologie Vital Essence and Flower Harmonizing Cream perfect for these cold months, so I use those every morning and a night oil every evening – currently I’m using Själ Saphir Concentrate oil, which is a great product. Don’t be put off by the price tag as one small bottle will last months – I’ve had mine since October and it’s still going strong!
  • In Winter I wear also tend to wear a bit more make up – in summer I only wear a tinted moisturiser, but at the moment I feel that I need a bit more colour and coverage, so am using Chantecaille (I told you I was brand loyal!) Future Skin in Nude.
  • Otherwise I tend to keep my make up quite simple – YSL Touche Eclat and YSL Mascara and a slick of lipgloss…
  • Lips need a lot of care in Winter – currently I am loving Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil – it glides on, it really moisturising and doesn’t leave a sticky residue. The same goes for their Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, I love the soft colour that it gives – very natural and flattering.
  • Finally my choices for Winter scent! As I mentioned above, I have recently discovered Cowshed’s Cow Pit, which I love – it smells divine and it actually works, which isn’t always the case with natural deodorants. For perfume I’m a huge fan of Bella Bellissima – it’s a really upmarket, niche perfume brand sold in stores such as Selfridges and Fortnum’s. When it comes to scent I like to be unique and for this Bella is perfect. She has a large range with something to suit everyone. I’m currently alternating between Perfect Life and N0 3 – if you haven’t tried them before then I highly recommend popping to the counter in Selfridges for a good sniff!

Laura Butler-Madden's Winter Beauty Round-up

Laura Butler-Madden's Winter Beauty Round-up

 

Moving house! One of the most stressful things you can do and though Patrick and I do it more often than most, but despite that, nothing prepares you for the mental and physical chaos that ensues once you start to take your home apart and nothing is where it should be any more!

Whenever we move home it reminds me how much I need and appreciate all my things surrounding me and in being their proper place. Having your own little sanctuary away from the busy outside world is so important and I also like to create a sanctuary within that sanctuary; our bedroom. 

The rest of our house can be colourful or chaotic, but our bedroom is always a soothing calm space. I always choose cool, serene colours when working on the design. I love to create a space that you walk into and relax the moment your toes hit the lovely soft carpet – and a big part of that feeling for me is the scent.

So I was thrilled when Molton Brown launched their new Home & Linen Mists a couple of months ago as an addition to their gorgeous home scent range and for our bedroom I chose Orange & Bergamot to lift the spirits with the beautiful scent of an orange grove.

I love to layer scents and this range is perfect for that – I spritz our sheets with the linen spray before ironing them and then again each night before bed. There is nothing more indulgent that softly fragrant freshly ironed sheets! 

I also like to light the candle when I come to bed in the evening – whilst I potter, take my make up off and tidy up, the room gets gently scented and I always try to read for at least 30 minutes before going to sleep with the candle still burning. 

When I’m fully relaxed and my eyes are struggling to stay open, I blow out the candle and fall into a lovely deep sleep. Well most of the time anyway!

LBM
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Created in collaboration with Molton Brown. All words, opinions, styling & creative direction are my own.


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I’ve recently launched a ‘Lifestyle’ section on the blog so I can share some of my favourite non-interiors related things with you. This is my first post about beauty products and as we are away in beautiful Pollensa and the weather is very, very hot, I am sharing my top beauty buys for surviving the summer heat.


First up and so important is a good sun hat. Mine this year is from Pia Rossini and I love it – I have also launched the new shopping pages on the site and the hat is available in the ‘Travel‘ section, so do go and check it out!

When it comes to summer make up I like to keep it simple and focus on protecting my skin. As a child and teenager I probably spent far too much time tanning (didn’t we all?!), so now I can be mostly found under an umbrella with my kindle and a bottle of factor 50!

Here is a list of the top products I’m using this year…

Lancaster Sun Oil SPF30 – I love this spray as it’s so easy to apply and it gives a gentle golden sheen.

Sarah Chapman Dynamic Defence – a fab day cream that’s not too heavy in the heat.

Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial – a fantastic night oil that really helps repair and moisturise your skin after a day in the sun.

Eau Cellular Water Spray by Institut Esthedederm – I couldn’t be without this is in the heat! So cool and refreshing – I have a handbag size one so it comes everywhere with me.

La Roche Posay BB Cream SPF50 – this is a new discovery for me this summer and it’s amazing. It gives a totally mat and flawless look, but also provides great protection. 

Chanel Lipgloss – I keep make up to a minimum in the summer, but a this is a great all-year-round product and I love the stylish Chanel packaging too. 

Chantecaille Mascara – this is an amazing mascara, it’s called Longest Lash mascara and it really is. It also doesn’t seem to smudge much in the sun, which is a real bonus.

Pixi Glow Tonic – a beauty blogger favourite, this is a miracle product – I use it morning at night after removing my make up and really notice a difference to my skin and overall complexion.

Chantecaille Oil Free Foundation – a beautifully light foundation that glides onto the skin, it’s great for balmy evenings as it gives a very fresh and natural look.

So those are all my summertime beauty favourites and you can shop the full selection below.

I’ve been asked for a little while by readers about my beauty and fashion tastes and this is my first post straying from interiors and travel, so would love to hear your feedback!

LBM
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Unique British audio brand VQ have just launched their stunning new radio, the Hepburn Mk II and are kindly offering my readers the chance to win one! Available in range of 11 different colours from black, brown (pictured) to pink, mustard and teal you can definitely find a colour to suit your style. 

As well as being beautifully designed, these radios have DAB, DAB+ and FM Radio. You can also connect via Bluetooth to play all your own music, charge your phone through it and most importantly the sound quality is fantastic!

To be in with a chance of winning one all you have to do is like and share the competition post on Facebook – I will choose the winner next Monday.

Good Luck!

LBM
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Father’s Day gift buying is always a challenge – Mother’s Day is much simpler; flowers, candles, bubble bath – so many indulgent treats to choose from, but for fathers, things are much trickier. This year I was so thrilled with my discovery whilst pottering along the Northcote Road in Battersea – a beautiful box of Classic Car Show biscuits, the perfect gift for my Pa who is a huge classic car fan. 

I snapped up a tin and am very excited to give them to him in a couple of weeks time…if P hasn’t eaten them all by then! If you haven’t yet discovered Biscuiteers, it’s the most lovely company/concept; beautiful biscuits handmade and iced by hand and so many lovely options to choose from. As well as the Classic Car Collection there are some lovely ideas for Father’s Day including the Big Breakfast Biscuit Collection and a whole box of racing bikes too.

LBM
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