5 Favourites: September 2020

In what might be considered the rebrand of the century, the monthly 5 Beauty Favourites feature has now become…


…5 Favourites. It took me a hell of a long time to come up with the new title format and so please do show your appreciation in the comments below. Ha. In response to your overwhelming positivity on the matter (and also my own ever-increasing boredom) I have expanded the monthly favourites to include things I’ve loved from all manner of categories. Food, clothing, lifestyle, interiors, health; the list will, I am sure, go on and on.

And so I bring you 5 Favourites: September 2020 (catchy!) with something for just about everyone. There’s a video at the bottom of the post if you hate reading words and there are words for those who hate the sound of my voice. If you’re a glutton for punishment then you can read the post and watch the video!

Favourite 1: The Peloton

At time of filming I hadn’t had the new Peloton Bike+ delivered and so here I refer to the original home spinning bike which has had its price cut to a still quite astonishing £1750. It’s eye-watering, I know, but it would be no exaggeration to say that this futuristic exercise bike has completely changed my fitness life. In that before I had the Peloton I was doing nothing towards my health and fitness and now I can cycle almost six miles in twenty minutes.

I bloody love it. I actually look forward to getting on the saddle, choosing my class (or you can join live ones) and working so hard that my vision goes blurry. I love it so much I’ve returned the original Peloton and gone for the new one which is even more hideously expensive, but with both the adults in the household using it daily and looking and feeling a million times better for it, I can’t actually think of a better investment we’ve made in recent years.

I’m about to do a review video on the new Peloton Bike+ so make sure you’re following on Instagram – you can find my video on the original bike on IGTV here.

Favourite 2: Clipper Sleepy Tea

It’s not actually called Sleepy Tea at all, it’s Sleep Easy, and it smells a bit like old cow dung when you open the foil pouch, but persevere and you’ll find a delectable bedtime infusion with orange, chamomile and valerian. I think I’ve tried the majority of sleep teas on the mainstream market and this is my repeat buy – I do like the Tea Pigs one for the big lumps of actual apple and whole blossoms inside the bag (it’s like someone has wrapped up a fairies’ tea party in a hurry!) but Clipper’s pips it to the post.

I like to drink a mug of it whilst I’m in one of my special Epsom Salt baths. Double whammy. I can’t even read a sentence of my book when I get into bed before falling asleep!

Favourite 3: Louis de Poortere Antiquarian Rug

I’ve bought four rugs from Louis de Poortere now but this is the largest and most extravagant – it needed to be because the floor it covers is in “the new room” and is quite expansive. But it’s absolutely one of my favourite home purchases since we moved to this house – it’s amazing how some pattern and warmth can suddenly pull a room together and make a large space feel cosy.

You can find this particular rug online here, they do loads of different sizes. It has a traditional, slightly distressed feel to it but it’s actually new. Which usually I’d hate, but I couldn’t be doing with trawling through loads of old rugs to find “the one” that just happened to be a) authentic and b) the right size and c) the right colour! I like buying second hand and I’d say that way more than half of my furniture and home stuff is vintage but sometimes I have to draw the line…

Favourite 4: StricVectin Daily Reveal Pads

You’re going to be hearing a lot about these one-swipe wonder pads – they’re seriously impressive. They contain four different exfoliating acids for that immediate look of brightness we’re now quite familiar with, but the difference is that they also leave your skin feeling really moisturised. They have that instant “fresh” feel that you tend to get with acid peel pads (usually the alcohol evaporating) but just seconds after you finish wiping your face, the skin develops an almost oily layer. Not greasy or unpleasant, but certainly enough that I wouldn’t bother with serum and moisturiser afterwards!

The ultimate one-step facial, then. I think they’re great – you can find them online here*; they’re £39 for 60 pads which is a few months’ worth if you use two or three times a week, which would be my personal preference.

Favourite 5: Simple Protect n Glow Rest & Reset 72h Hydrating Gel

A cheeky little bargain for you; I think that this little pot of lightweight, fresh-feel gel moisturiser is as good as the pricey ones. Thing Moisture Surge on a budget. If you hate oily or heavy face creams but have skin that’s slightly dehydrated then give this a try, it’s a pretty safe investment! Ditto if you want something to layer on beneath your SPF. You can find it at Boots here*, it’s £6.99.

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  1. October 16, 2020 / 8:18 am

    it’s awesome !! some good favorite brands, thanks for sharing this article :)

  2. October 13, 2020 / 10:44 pm

    I joke all the time about someone kindly gifting me a Peloton. Even if I had the cash I literally have no where to put the device. I’m sure it’s not recommended for use on the roof… so… yeah lol but otherwise what a great compromise to the 5 beauty favorites series.

    xoxo Amanda | theaestheticedge.com

    • October 14, 2020 / 4:37 pm

      Oh God, being gifted a Peloton would be the absolute dream! They haven’t even refunded me the first one I returned, the customer service is hit and miss…

  3. October 12, 2020 / 11:38 pm

    Just popping up here like an unexpected pimple. I’ve been reading and watching your content since you gave a rave review on some pai eye cream years ago. I’m sorry to say I never bought it, but I truly love your work. I thought I’d mention that if you’re into spin cycle type stuff, Cathe.com has a few downloadable stationary bike video workouts (you can see a sample before you buy). I don’t have a bike but I highly recommend her other workouts.

  4. Jackie
    October 9, 2020 / 9:28 pm

    I love Louis de Poortere rugs. I bought one from a dusty old carpet shop in Edinburgh once, much to hubby’s bewilderment as we were on a weekend break and had to get it back home to the Highlands by train! But it was a stupid price, I had to …

    • October 12, 2020 / 2:00 pm

      Hahaha! When you’re presented with a bargain…

  5. October 9, 2020 / 12:32 pm

    A tea that smells like cow dung when you open it? I admit I am not entirely sold… But if it helps dozing off quickly, I could probably get used to that.

    Anne from Doctor Anne

  6. October 8, 2020 / 5:17 pm

    I’m so curious about StricVectin Daily Reveal Pads, thank you for sharing your favorites!

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