Every year we hope for an Indian summer and it’s fair to say this year is turning out to be not too shabby. One such brand is very optimistic about the English weather sizzling and that’s Rituals with its new limited edition collection inspired by the flowers of India.
Giving flowers is an old ritual in India. It symbolises love and devotion be it to humans or gods with the Lotus in particular signifying absolute beauty, purity and enlightenment. Based on this Indian tradition, Rituals has created five products designed with White Lotus and Bergamot for a hypnotically beautiful and sensual collection with intricate Indian floral designs on the packaging too.
These are the Lotus Shimmer Body Cream* (£18.50), Flower Power Foaming Gel* (£8.50), Summer Bliss Shower Oil* (£8.50), Indian Blossom Fragrance Sticks* (£24.50) and Lotus Secret Scented Candle* (£19.50).
Flower Shower Foaming Gel joins the rest of the foaming shower gels and is refreshing on the skin, leaving it soft to touch afterwards. It’s also become my favourite foaming shower gel from Rituals so I will be stocking up on this for my bathroom cabinet.
Lotus Shimmer Body Cream comes with a twist – it’s a rich, whipped body cream with a touch of shimmer to give you that all important sun-kissed glow. The shimmer is very subtle and very nice. It’s got me longing for a holiday in a scorching climate so I can get bronzed up and slather this all over my arms and legs.
If it’s a soak in the tub that you’re after then Summer Bliss Shower Oil, which transforms into silky soft foam when in contact with water, will leave your skin feeling nourished and hydrated.
This brings me nicely onto the Lotus Secret Scented Candle, a truly wonderful accompaniment to the collection and one which creates a calming ambience in your home. I don’t usually burn candles in the summer (preferring to reserve that ritual for the colder months) but this one has changed my mind. The box in which it comes has been designed in such a way to resemble a Lotus flower opening up – really clever and cute!
Finally (and not pictured) there is the Indian Blossom Fragrance Sticks, an alternative safe choice to the candle (for my mum any way as she is freaked out about burning candles in the home) which has a refreshing scent to light up any room in the house.
The entire collection is a hit for me. Often you can pick and choose a favourite but this one brings out the greed in me – I love ALL of it. Rituals, I reckon this is your finest yet.
Rituals Summer Limited Edition Collection is out now in Rituals stores and in selected House of Fraser and John Lewis stores as well as online but jaldi! It’ll be gone soon (much like our summer).
If you’ve not caught the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte bug, then all I can ask is why the hell not?
The matte lip colours released a few months back are nothing short of fantastic. In fact they are a dream come true. Bold shades with matte finish and long-lasting colour that do not crack or peel in the slightest. They are unbelievably light on the lips with a velvety texture and non-drying formula and they don’t smudge either.
Grand Cru* (a dark burgundy red with pink undertones) and Nude-ist* (a rosewood, naturally looking nude) are two ‘new’ shades for the summer. Actually they aren’t completely new as they were both available exclusively at online retailer Very.co.uk but now they have been reunited with the Rouge Edition Velvet Matte family making it an even eight shades collectively.
I want to draw your attention to Grand Cru. You know me, I am a wreck when I’m presented with a crimson red lip colour and Grand Cru ignites that familiar feeling within me (no, not that). Some of the other shades require layering for optimum colour but Grand Cru rolls deep – just the way I like it.
(This picture was taken on my phone – the mess behind adds to the effect of a spontaneous shot taken for the blog.)
In one coat it’s deliciously bold. The wonderful thing with these matte lip colours are they are buildable without drying or flaking during application. I also don’t bother with a lip liner – there’s no feathering with this baby. Grand Cru definitely turned a few heads when I was out on my grocery food shopping adventures in the day and stayed on my lips till 1 in the morning.
Do you know something else? Grand Cru is a deadly dupe for Hourglass’s Icon (my favourite red!) except it will only set you back £8.99 to Icon’s £21 price tag.
I will always love Bourjois for bridging the gap between high-end quality and high street, and for bringing cat-walk trends down to earth. These new releases push them further up the scale.
The Rouge Edition Velvet lip colours are available from Boots and Superdrug stores nationwide and online.