Tried and tested

What We Use: Samantha

Samantha Pratt Digital Marketing Manager

“My skin is temperamental (at best), a total nightmare (at worst). It’s oily, dehydrated and prone to breakout… yay! (not).

I wake up probably 40 minutes before I need to leave, and a hot cloth cleanse works wonders – it’s thorough, and much quicker than you might expect – the muslin cloth gently exfoliates without irritation, and the delicate scent of REN’s {Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser} is simultaneously soothing and reviving; ideal for inspiring the positivity needed to cope with the daily commute…

I slather on a serum (I’m currently trialling a new *TOP SECRET* one for Stacia, but REN’s {Radiance Perfection Serum} is beautiful) – to lock in precious moisture and reduce the appearance of pores and imperfections. I then follow up with a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser; Alpha-H {Clear Skin Hydrator Gel} is brilliantly barely-there – ideal for balancing my oily skin, without that awful clammy feeling – and it controls shine, without the chalkiness (or heaviness) of powder.

I follow this same ritual at night, and twice I week I supplement it with a treatment mask – I have a few and chop and change to suit my skin’s demands (which are numerous).

I keep Peter Thomas Roth’s {Cucumber Gel Mask} in the fridge – it feels incredibly calming and cooling when smoothed over skin at the end of a long, hot day in London – reducing puffiness and inflammation, whilst replenishing much-needed moisture so my face feels ‘plumped’ and comforted.

GLAMGLOW is amazing – I love it so much I have two; {Youthmud} for oilier, blemish-plagued days – it gets right into pores and sucks everything out – you can see it working, which is both a bit sickening and satisfying. I also own {Thirstymud} – perfect for days when my skin’s feeling parched or in need of a super-quick radiance boost.”


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…