In this week's column, Mollie King talks us through the beauty products she always keeps in stock
Welcome to Mollie’s Feel-Good Feed, a place where each week Mollie King shares her round-up of the things bringing her joy in these strange and uncertain times. Check back each week for uplifting music, self care tips and, hopefully, a smile being put on your face.
Never intentionally starting off my column by alienating anyone, I’m slightly worried that this next sentence might: oh, how happy I am to be getting my winter coats and knitwear out of the wardrobe ready for the new season! There’s nothing quite like layering up, and as someone who likes to keep her wardrobe full of staple items rather than statement pieces, the endless outfit options from having a variety of pieces brings me a lot of happiness.
Aside from the excitement of delving into my winter wardrobe, I love using this time of year as an opportunity to change up the beauty products I’m using, often favouring heavier creams and different shades of make-up. However, there are some items that, whatever the weather, hot or cold, rainy or dry, are always to be found in my bathroom! So, without further ado...
Firstly, my long-term favourite, Kérastase’s Bain Lumière has been my go-to shampoo for years now. As someone who has highlights, it’s really important to me to keep the colour the same as when I left the hairdresser’s. This is the perfect shampoo for any blondes who want to keep their hair looking luminous and hydrated.
Who fancies waking up looking radiant and youthful? Yes please! It’s a cult product for a reason, Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair has been around for years and truly works wonders overnight. Add it to your teeth brushing and cleansing routine before bed and I’m sure it’ll become a firm favourite for you, too!
If you’re looking for a light hairspray and one that can easily be brushed out and styled over and over again, look no further than L’Oréal Elnett Hairspray. Unlike a lot of hairsprays, this leaves your hair feeling soft and holds your look without it feeling crispy or looking dull. Get ready to whip that hair, because this is a hairspray that lasts!
Brazilian Bum Bum Cream not only got a confused look from my boyfriend when he first walked into my bathroom, but always gets a smile when I tell people about it. Created by Sol de Janiero, it’s just as fab as the name suggests, and on top of this the smell is a real treat. If that’s not enough to entice you, it’s an all-over body cream enriched with Guaraná caffeine to help stimulate circulation, as well as açai and coconut oil to help smooth and tighten skin. What’s not to love about that?
Murad’s Nutrient-Charged Water Gel is not only the answer to your skin looking plumped and smooth, but it’s also the softest moisturiser I’ve ever put on my face. The latter is perhaps not the most important point, but I have no doubt you’ll agree with me if you give it a go! The moisturiser is oil-free and full of vitamins and minerals, and I wouldn’t travel anywhere without it.
I’ve heard this next product is a red-carpet must in Hollywood, and if it’s good enough for Hollywood, it’s most certainly good enough for me! I’m talking about Sisley Paris’ iconic Black Rose Cream Mask. For a fresh face before applying make-up, this works wonders in just 15 minutes. Now all we need is the dress!
The Ordinary is one of those brands that speaks for itself. It has been such a huge success, which is largely down to word of mouth, and over the years people have become super fans of the products. Their Hyaluronic Acid is a must for me and without a doubt a cult favourite.
Yves Saint Laurent Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow is a product whose name says it all. It both moisturises and gives you a glow, but as well as that is one of my favourite products to sit under my makeup for an even application. It won’t be a secret for much longer!
Ageing is inevitable, but I think most of us will admit to trying our best to delay the onset of its visible signs! I was told a few years ago that eye cream is a must, so for this I turn to Crème De La Mer, specifically their Eye Balm Intense. To be honest, the combination of the words ‘La Mer’ and ‘intense’ had me at hello. But once I’d read more into it and learned it aims to reduce puffiness and the appearance of lines, I knew it was for me. I haven’t looked back since – definitely not with puffy eyes, at least!
Lastly, hair oil is something I started using a lot more regularly during lockdown. Perhaps the slicked-back ponytail with yesterday's shampooed hair had something to do with that... but I’ve now also started using it after styling, too. With all those Zoom calls this year, we’ve all seen our reflection a lot more than we’d perhaps like to, and I soon learned that flyaways or naughty hairs can easily be controlled with the tiniest amount of oil. My go-to? Kérastase Elixir Ultime Edition Rouge. And I promise the gorgeous appearance of the bottle is only an added bonus to your bathroom cabinet!
Read more Mollie’s Feel-Good Feed:
- My favourite feel-good films
- My ultimate upbeat playlist
- My top binge-worthy TV shows
- My all time favourite albums
Thanks so much for reading Mollie’s Feel-Good Feed – check back on Marie Claire every Friday for more of my feel-good recommendations.
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Mollie King rose to fame as one-fifth of the multi-platinum selling girl band, The Saturdays. The last few years have seen her become a Radio 1 DJ, present across flagship TV shows and a campaign in Parliament.
During her time in The Saturdays, the group sold over five million records worldwide, achieving 13 Top 10 singles and five Top 10 albums. The band also embarked on four nationwide tours and had three primetime TV series, including Chasing the Saturdays for E! which aired in over 40 countries.
In 2018, Mollie turned her hand to presenting and after guest presenting for several weeks on Matt Edmondson’s Radio 1 show, she was offered a permanent role at the station. The duo began hosting the Matt & Mollie Weekend Breakfast show and 2021 moved their new afternoon slot. Mollie also presents her own Friday morning show Best New Pop, sharing music from her most loved genre. After only six months into her role at Radio 1, Mollie won the silver award for ‘Best New Presenter’ at the 2018 ARIA Radio Academy Awards.
In addition to Radio, Mollie has also guest presented This Morning several times, including a month-long stint in the summer of 2018. She’s covered the entertainment slot on Lorraine, and guest presented on Blue Peter. In 2019, Mollie hosted The Greatest Dancer podcast for the BBC. She also presented the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, alongside Greg James and Maya Jama, which aired on BBC2. Mollie also took part in the 15th series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2017, making it all the way to the semi-finals.
Away from her TV and Radio work Mollie writes a weekly column for Marie Claire magazine, ‘Mollie’s Feel Good Feed’ and has worked with numerous brands including Estée Lauder, L’Oreal, Amazon, GHD and Aspinal of London.
Mollie is a proud ambassador for the Dyslexia Association, a learning disorder she was diagnosed with as a child. Mollie is very passionate about campaigning for early diagnostic tests in schools, as well as funding to support children through education with Dyslexia and spoke about this in Parliament in 2019.
Mollie is also a Born Free anti-captivity ambassador, has worked closely with the charity Mothers2Mothers and traveled to Ghana in 2014 with REDD charity to help raise awareness and funds for HIV.
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