Breaking my own beauty rules
Maybe it was the crazy crimson colour of the moon. Maybe it was just the equally crimson wine I had with dinner. But I broke one of my own beauty rules last night and I'm not even sorry.
As regular readers know, I'm a bit of a skincare geek. With skin that's unco-operative at best and stubbornly spotty at worst, I like lab coats, clinical trials and 'serious' skincare. And I do not do cutesy. So I'm stunned that I not only used the new, oh-so-pretty Everyday Care products from Bloom, but that I'm actually planning to do it again.
The first surprise: Inside the cutely cartooned exterior of Buff Off beats the heart of a really respectable mechanical exfoliant. Polishing away inside a smooth, geranium-scented formula, the apricot kernels scrubbed me smooth and bright without leaving even a trace of waxy residue or tightness. Hmm. Interesting.
But surely something adorably named Clean With Envy couldn't satisfy a true mask addict, could it? Um, yep. As the green kaolin clay plumbed the murkiest depths of my pores, I could almost feel excess oil, pollution and muck being purged and the scent of lavender oil even made it pleasant.
Okay, so by now it was Bloom 2, skincare geek 0. But a below-par moisturiser is always a dealbreaker. If it leaves my naturally slick skin feeling clogged or greasy, it's all over. But Bloom's Face The Day Ginseng Moisturising Lotion didn't. Not a bit. It just soaked straight in to leave me cushiony soft and supple in seconds.
I really shouldn't be so befuddled. When maker Natalie Bloom introduced me to the range she said she'd spent a year meticulously measuring, testing and reworking ingredients before bottling them. It's just that those bottles are so darn sweet. I guess looks can be deceiving, huh? Just like rules are meant to be broken...