It's day five of Fashion Week Australia, and I am writing this from the couch between shows, face mask on, with a heat pack tucked into my fluffy robe (oh the glamour). While fashion weeks across the board are an exciting and extremely stylish affair, they are also exhausting (think 5 a.m. wake ups, and opening unread emails while you smash peanut butter toast for dinner at 10 p.m.). Because of this, I decided to hatch a plan to keep myself as calm and rested as humanly possible for the duration of the week, thanks to an army of products that brought the cortisol down when I finally rolled home each day.
And if you have no success with the below, there's always a glass of red! Keep scrolling for my edit, and a big high five to all those pushing through the last hours of Fashion Week Australia-we're almost there.
This in a glass of warm almond milk with a squeeze of manuka honey is heaven after a big day, and much better for you than the aforementioned glass of wine. I like to sprinkle cinnamon in mine.
I have an unhealthy addiction to pillow sprays, and this one is my current favourite. It has a soft lavender scent, but not in the traditional sense. This on fresh sheets, with flannelette pyjamas is what post-fashion week dreams are made of.
This lilac-hued lotion from Lush got a lot of rave reviews online a few months back with claims it cures insomnia, so naturally I thought fashion week was the perfect time to road test. Generally, I sleep well (like I'm dead, so my boyfriend says), but with all the stress of emails, show galleries, and a manic schedule, it's easy to lay awake running over tomorrow's to-do list well into the early hours of the morning. This cream actually fixed that. The best way I can explain the smell is a sweet mix of syrupy vanilla, warm milk, and soft lavender; and it applies beautifully (not to thick or buttery). I actually find myself sniffing my limbs when I have this on, it's that delicious. The verdict: You need this.
There's just something so comforting about a heat pack, is there not? I recently tried this one from Tonic, and I'm obsessed. I'm convinced there's nothing more lovely than coming home from a 12+ hour day in the freezing cold to a warm, rose-scented heat pack. I like to wrap it in my shirt before bed, and then lay it across my feet when it's time to sleep. Bliss.
I have recently become interested in adaptogens and their apparent benefit for ones mood, stress levels, and mental clarity. This powder from Australian brand Vida Glow contains Ashwagandha—an adaptogenic Ayurvedic herb used to reduce stress and calm the mind. I've been having a teaspoon in water or warm milk at night (sometimes mixed with The Beauty Chef powder above), and while I can't say it's exclusively that, I definitely feel more relaxed. It's also an amazing alternative to that 3 p.m. caffeine hit we all rely on.
The beautiful Jeannie Bourke at Venustus makes these amazing roll-on blends, and this one is so calming. I love a little behind my ears and on my wrists whenever I'm having a moment (you know what I mean). A few deep breaths, and I'm much more collected. It's saved me during many breakdowns, actually (think traffic jams, nothing to wear... you get me).
Slightly on the expensive side, but my god IT WORKS. One minute I've got dry, mottled, slightly red and puffy skin, the next, it's calm, even, and clearer. If I could bathe in this stuff, I would.