5 ways to beat lockdown boredom

Facing Zoom quiz fatigue or staring down the barrel of your nth banana bread? Here are five ways to call time on lockdown boredom and boost your beauty regime.

It’s a universal fact that there are only so many series to binge-watch and (socially exhausting) group calls to partake in before your brain is crying out for a well-deserved respite. We’ve put together five easy ways to break up your new normal routine and invest some attention into your self-care regime.


With hair appointments off the cards for the foreseeable, the murky waters of at-home haircuts and dye-jobs are being braved more than ever. To say we’re on board is an understatement; the desire for control – even over something as small as our hair – has never been stronger. Our one guiding principle is that strand experimentation shouldn’t come at the expense of your hair health. Whether you’re growing out your bangs or weighing up a new hair hue, we’ve got a winner for your every whim – or rather, BLEACH London does. To keep up the strength and softness of growing (or bleached) hair, the {Reincarnation Mask} conditions and hydrates like no other – no knot-wrangling needed! As for scratching the colour itch, their semi-permanent {Super Cool Colour} creams come in just about every shade under the sun. Granting bold and vibrant coverage to pre-lightened hair in just 30 minutes, this is commitment-free colour at its finest.


If you’ve mastered your free MoMA course (yes, that is a real thing – get enrolling!) or checked off the brunt of your reading list, you’re probably on the hunt for your next time commitment. Allow us to suggest the wellness staple that’s sure to steal a regular spot in your evening regime. Meet the Bed of Nails {Acupressure Mat}. Although it looks daunting, it’s a godsend for the aches and pains that come with being hunched over your laptop while sat at whichever flat surface you can find. The mat is made with 8,800 non-toxic plastic spikes that work in a similar way to acupuncture needles to help your body rid itself of toxins, increase blood flow, assist the breakdown of stubborn fat groupings and alleviate muscle tension. Phewf.


To paraphrase the voice of a generation (read: one random tweet): “My Beautyblender probably thinks I’m dead”. If like so many of us, your make up routine has been pared back to near non-existent levels, why not create your very own skin care cocktail to perk up your complexion in the morning. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere. Forget your foundation and get creative with sunscreens, serums and moisturisers. One recipe that delivers particularly dewy, radiant skin goes like this: mix one part Thank You Farmer {Sun Project Shimmer Sun Essence SPF30} for an illuminating veil of UVA/UVB protection; one part Saturday Skin {Featherweight Daily Moisturizing Cream} to leave your skin plump and endlessly soft; and a healthy dash of Drunk Elephant’s {D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops} to grant a subtle bronzed glow to sun-deprived skin. Get stirring!


Nothing says stress relief quite like Smile Makers. With your dating life on hold, let us introduce you to the sex tech stealing our attention and winning our affections: enter {The Tennis Coach Vibrator}. Keeping you on top of your A(h-aH-AH) game, this powerful and precise instructor delivers targeted g-spot stimulation. With two pulse-quickening vibration modes and four stroke speeds, this pro-level toy will train you until you reach your break(ing) point. No warm down necessary.


If your Instagram saved folder is starting to look like a who’s who of MUAs and beauty influencers – you’re not alone – there’s a good chance that you’re itching to experiment with new, more eccentric eyeshadow artistry. Whether you subscribe to minimalist linework or maximalist block-of-colour lids, there’s one spring-to-summer trend that straddles the two: pastels. One palette that has earned its place as an object of our pastel obsession is Huda Beauty’s {Rose Obsessions Palette}. Starring nine ultra-sweet, soft-toned shades, this capsule wardrobe coordinates a summer-ready shadow ensemble that doesn’t shy away from playful colours.

Bethan Robinson

Bethan Robinson

Senior Copywriter

Bethan is a Senior Copywriter at Cult Beauty. When she’s not trying to perfect the ultimate ‘no make up’ make up look — she swears by Saie — or find new skin care to fall for, she’s likely playing video games, making the most of her housemate’s MUBI account or strolling around Victoria Park with a pastry in hand.