Time to invest in a lock...
There was once a time when beginning my skincare routine was met with groans, signs and "ugh will you just come to bed". But then Frank Ocean - the political activist and creator of dreamy music that swirls out of speakers and into the atmosphere like slow, colourful brush strokes - conducted a rare interview with GQ, where he opened up about his skincare routine.
Suddenly, it seemed that every man in my life collectively decided to root through my carefully curated skincare collection so they too could be more like Frank Ocean. It started slowly with questions like What is that? What does it do? Why do you put it on like that? Does it hurt? And eventually…Can I try?
Now that we're in lockdown and boredom has well and truly kicked in, matters have only gotten worse. Rather than bake a delicious loaf of sourdough or binge something on Netflix, my boyfriend has decided now would be a great time to amp up his skincare routine - with the help of my vanity.
So, as a necessary public service, I decided to roundup all the beauty products that have mysteriously gone missing from my vanity since we entered lockdown AND I even went so far to the thief himself for his opinions on the products he's suddenly hooked on. WARNING: They're not as descriptive as you may have hoped.
Keep reading for 11 beauty products that might just go missing if you leave them out too long.
Nunaia nourishing Radiance Serum, €79
Why we love it: Not only is this serum organic and dermatologically tested, but it is also certified vegan and cruelty-free. With a unique combination of nourishing essential fatty acids, brightening vitamins A, B, C and E, and potent antioxidants, this serum does it all.
Why he loves it: "It smells nice."
L'Oreal Paris Revitalift night cream, €19.99
Why we love it: Whether it's my acne, uneven skin tone, fine lines or wrinkles that need seeing to, this night cream sees to it. Infused with both retinol and cica, the Revitalift Night Cream helps to improve skin firmness and ability to bounce back.
Why he loves it: "Frank Ocean wears night cream."
Dr roebuck's Byron 2-in-1 Mask + exfoliator, €28
Why we love it: This little tube of joy (as one of our staff writers likes to call it) is perfect for skin that's slightly too dry and sensitive for strong acids and harsh scrubs. Formulated with kaolin to help absorb oil and biodegradable jojoba beads to gently exfoliate, this calming, non-irritating scrub/mask hybrid will leave skin clear, bright and plump when used weekly.
Why he loves it: "It really scrubs my face"
Catrice liquid camouflage concealer, €3.95
Why we love it: We've tried many concealers in our time and this is the one we find ourselves buying on repeat. It's creamy but doesn't crease, can cover tattoos so dark circles are an easy ask and better yet, it's less than a fiver.
Why he loves it: "It gives the impression I've better skin"
e.L.F. BEAUTY SHIELD RECHARGING FACE MASK, €30
Why we love it: The mask is an iron-based formula that’s enriched with a blend of Vitamins C and E, carrot seed oil, sunflower seed oil, and argan oil. Together, the antioxidants clean the skin of impurities so that you’re left with a smoother, clearer complexion with refined pores.
Why he loves it: "this thing is mad"
Lush Snow Fairy Shower gel, €18
Why we love it: What sets this shower gel apart from the rest it that it be used as both a shower gel and shampoo, and it works wonders in both of these areas. Oh, and the smell is heavenly.
Why he loves it: "Smells like candy floss"
Zoeva graphic brows, €9.50
Why we love it: You'd never guess this brow pencil was less than a tenner. It looks and feel expensive. With an ultra-fine twist-up tip and a formula that does.not.budge this brow pencil rivals some of the more expensive in our beauty arsenal.
Why he loves it: "I only use the brush part to brush my brows, I swear!"
WELEDA SKIN FOOD LIP BALM, €8.45
Why we love it: Found in the makeup bag of one Victoria Beckham, this lip balm nourishes and heals dry lips - leaving your pout soft and supple in even the harshest of conditions.
Why he loves it: "I don't like having dry lips"
Kiehl's avocado eye cream, €28
Why we love it: It has the consistency of avocado pudding, and that, is exactly why we love it. Slathered under the eye, it deeply hydrates and plumps without sliding its way into your eyes. Whether it's your eyes, skin or soul that's sensitive, this eye cream won't hurt you.
Why he loves it: "you tell me I need eye cream"
CERVA DAILY MOISTURISing lotion, €11
Why we love it: Developed by dermatologists, and beloved by Amazon reviewers, this moisturiser has a gentle, lightweight formula that lasts a full 24 hours. It's loaded with hydrating ingredients, including three essential ceramides to help rebuild the skin's protective barrier, and hyaluronic acid to help the skin retain moisture. What's more, it's oil-free, non-comedogenic, and fragrance-free.
Why he loves it: "It's nice and light"
SeOULISTA Super Hydration FACE MAK, €8.99
Why we love it: Unlike an actual facial, the benefits of using this face mask are noticeable within minutes of peeling the mask off. The natural coconut gel-like mask infused with hyaluronic acid to provide intense hydration which gives you that 'I just got a facial' glow.
Why he loves it: "It's blue"
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