Beauty writers and editors are given so many products to sample (and yes, I do test everything I write about) that sometimes the old maxim of less is more comes to mind. Not that I am complaining in the slightest about the fabulous things I get to try, but sometimes, the relentless hype and the packaging can get a little too distracting from the purpose and the ingredients, and I start to long for something truly unique and innovative.
Fortunately, when some new knock-my-beauty/fashion-socks-off items came winging my way recently, I decided the cure for this dreadful winter’s blahs and attendant dry skin, hair, and lips—are you slathering on the creams at night like you know you should, hmm?—was sitting on my desk. In fact, my mood that had been as grey as the slush outside instantly brightened, because these items are all things you wouldn’t think you need, till you try them. Take a look: